Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks for adults aged 19 or over. They give people the opportunity to build up valuable sector-specific skills based on local employer demand and provide a direct path to a job on completion.
Skills Bootcamps are primarily aimed at delivering flexible training at levels 3-5 (medium to higher level technical skills) and are co-designed with employers to respond to their skills shortages.
This training is for adults who are either in work, self-employed, unemployed or returning to work after a break. Skills Bootcamps are also open to serving prisoners due to be released within 6 months of completing a Skills Bootcamp and those on temporary release.
Skills Bootcamps are available in:
- digital courses such as digital marketing or coding
- technical training in areas like construction, logistics (HGV driving) or engineering
- green skills, for instance solar energy or agriculture technology
Employers can work with training providers to develop and deliver Skills Bootcamps to help them fill skill shortage vacancies.
There is no cost to employers who recruit individuals who have completed a Skills Bootcamp.
Employers contribute to the cost of training if they want to use Skills Bootcamps to train their existing employees.
Large employers contribute 30% of the cost, and small or medium employers (SMEs) contribute 10%.
Existing employees may need time to study and attend classes depending on their working hours and status and the flexibility of the course.
Employers need to provide:
- a safe work environment
- an induction which includes explaining relevant policies and procedures
- a line manager to support, supervise and mentor the student
- a guaranteed interview as part of the Skills Bootcamp provision
Benefits of Skills Bootcamps
They help your business:
- develop a loyal and talented workforce with the skills you need quickly
- futureproof your business in a rapidly changing labour market
- improve your productivity; learners are motivated to learn new skills, provide new ideas and a fresh perspective
- recruit staff with the right training and skills from the outset
- get access to a pipeline of skilled adults by working with existing Skills Bootcamp providers
Find out how other businesses are using Skills Bootcamps:
Wise, software and solutions
Birmingham-based technology company, Wise, specialises in the self-employment sector, providing software and solutions to support over 250 UK logistics firms in engaging their self-employed workforce. Wise also provides a time-saving app for subcontractors to use. With a passion for creating a diverse and inclusive pathway into the technology industry for people of all ages and backgrounds, Wise explored the training opportunities available via Skills Bootcamps.
James Orton, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Wise
"I was aware of School of Code and their Digital Skills Bootcamp, offering anyone the chance to retrain and learn vital coding skills from true experts within an industry-focused environment. This really appealed to us as a route to bringing in the necessary skills we required from a digital perspective.
"Hiring a diverse range of candidates through this Skills Bootcamp has been an integral part of how our business has grown. Whether it’s been software developers, project managers or designers, all our Skills Bootcamp graduates have arrived with enthusiasm and crucially, a real hunger to carry on improving their skills within their role.
"The ethos at Wise is that you should never stop learning and that goes for every role within the company, whether you are the CEO, a senior developer or a junior marketeer, there is always something you can learn. That remains one of the biggest attractions for us as a company to a Skills Bootcamp like the ones delivered by School of Code, as they embed the idea of lifelong learning into all of their graduates."
Get involved in Skills Bootcamps
You can get involved in Skills Bootcamps in one or all of the following ways:
- Support your employees to upskill or retrain through Skills Bootcamps to help them progress in your organisation, or recruit new employees who have completed Skills Bootcamps.
- Find Skills Bootcamps relevant to your sector that are currently being delivered. You can recruit from these or co-design bespoke Skills Bootcamps with training providers in order to fill your skills shortages.
- Contact your local authority, Mayoral Combined Authority, or Local Enterprise Partnership to find out if there are upcoming opportunities to get involved in Skills Bootcamps in your area.
- Contact the Skills Bootcamps team in the Department for Education to be added to the mailing list about future market engagement events.
- T Levels: industry placements
- Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP)
- Skills Bootcamps
- Supported Internships for learners with an education, health and care plan
- Care-Leaver covenant
- Employing prisoners and prison leavers
- Free courses and additional training for your employees