New Skills Bootcamps in West of England to Connect People to Employment from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Institute of Coding (IoC)

A group of local universities, further education colleges, councils, small business partners and Deloitte are working together to respond to the UK’s digital skills gap, with a focus on the South West. This group has been chosen by the Department for Education to deliver a series of funded Skills Bootcamps in digital subjects at locations across the region.

This programme of Skills Bootcamps will provide learners with digital skills courses, deliver resilient pathways to work and create a new, skilled talent pool for local employers.

The University of Bath, Bath Spa University, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Wiltshire College & University Centre and Gloucestershire University have collaborated with the Institute of Coding, iStart/Restart, Deloitte and Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation to develop and deliver six new Skills Bootcamps.

They will be offering short courses in much needed digital skills. Topics will include creative computing, cyber security, data science, software engineering, games development and agritech.

These Skills Bootcamps will be provided in close collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions, local Jobcentres, the West of England Combined Authority, Swindon and Wiltshire local enterprise partnerships and the GFirst LEP (based in Gloucester). These groups will provide links to local employers to ensure that Skills Bootcamp learners find meaningful employment upon the successful completion of their course.

This builds on work by each of the partners to create new pathways to digital skills and represents the local part of the national initiative.

Through this collaborative approach, group members will ensure that each step of the Skills Bootcamp journey is high-quality and tailored to meet the needs of employers and those looking to upskill to boost their employability.

Future learners and interested employers can learn more about the Skills Bootcamps on offer at: https://instituteofcoding.org/skillsbootcamps/search/?_sfm_course_area_boot=South%20West

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