Latest News | 17 August 2021

New boot camps aim to boost digital skills

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D2N2 LEP has been announced as one of several organisations across the country to deliver an expanded national Skills Bootcamp programme.

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.

The programme has been developed by the Government as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs, in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities, to help people develop the skills that are in demand and get a better job.

Following a successful pilot, D2N2 LEP, which covers Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, will help adults gain digital skills, which are becoming increasingly essential across a vast array of jobs and sectors.

The new courses will include coding and software development, IT, networking and infrastructure, cyber and system security and digital marketing.

The free courses will be open to anyone aged 19 or over and are employed, self-employed, have recently become unemployed or are returning to work after a break.

Elizabeth Fagan, chair of the D2N2 LEP, said: “Training in the skills of the future and the skills we know our employers need is critical to our region’s economic recovery and our long-term growth.

“The Skills Bootcamps will complement the many local schemes that are already up and running across our region.

“I would urge prospective learners and employers to see what training and course options are available.”

Employers and individuals wanting to find out more should please click here.

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