Skills Bootcamps are funded by the £2.5 billion National Skills Fund which aims to help adults to train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job prospects and support the economy. They are part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, a Covid-19 response to level up and prepare workers for a post-COVID economy.
Complementing the level 3 adult offer, Skills Bootcamps offer free, flexible courses of just 12 to 16 weeks. They give people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.
Any adult aged 19 and over who lives in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) area is eligible to join a bootcamp. Over the past 18 months, nearly 1,500 local people have benefited from free training through bootcamps to start a new career in the digital sector.
The WMCA also funds bootcamps through Create Central, to equip residents with the skills needed to start a career in the TV or film industry.
What sort of businesses can offer Skills Bootcamp opportunities locally?
- Any company looking to utilise social media or increase productivity through the use of digital
- Businesses which have had to move their business online
- Estate agents, car showrooms and industries that have previously relied on face-to-face sales
- Training and communication teams wanting to better utilise video content
- Larger employers that employee videographers to create both marketing and advertising content
- SMEs that offer video contracts on an ad-hoc basis.
During the Bootcamp, learners will:
- Cover a curriculum tailored to provide them with the skills needed to excel in the targeted career which can include coding, cyber, software, social media, filming and many more
- Undertake lectures, talks and briefings for example, on the role and impact of video content and social media on both large businesses and SMEs
- Work on live briefs, set by industry, to take an idea from initial concept to a developed product
- Gain experience either with a large organisation or by undertaking smaller briefs for SMEs
- Meet industry experts working successfully in the digital/filming field
- Guarantee of an interview with a local company
Skills developed during the Bootcamp might include:
- Understanding how to respond to a brief
- Understanding relevant legislation including health and safety and Covid secure sets
- Originating and developing ideas through project-based work
- Working with and sourcing contributors
- Researching and scouting locations.
- Project management
- Coding, software, cyber or programming skills
How do I create a Skills Bootcamp opportunity in my business?
Contact the GBSLEP Skills & Apprenticeship Hub on 0800 032 3488 / email@example.com
For more information about digital training funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority, visit https://beta.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/productivity-and-skills/digital/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org