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Skills Bootcamps prioritise digital skills for adults

16 Jul 2021

The Growth Company Education and Skills are delighted to be working in partnership with Code Nation, Intequal and Generation to deliver the flagship Skills Bootcamps in Digital Skills. Developed by the Government as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs commitment, in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities, to help people develop the skills that are in demand in their local area and get a better job.

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.

GC Education and Skills and partners will be delivering a suite Skills Bootcamps in Digital Skills including:

  • Skills Bootcamp in Software Development
  • Skills Bootcamp in Data Analytics
  • Skills Bootcamp in Data Engineering

Jon Paul-Rimington, Managing Director of GC Education and Skills commented; “We welcome the news that we have been successful in our bid to work in partnership with Intequal, Code Nation and Generation to deliver Skills Bootcamps in Digital Skills in Greater Manchester and Lancashire. With have over 30 years’ experience in education and training and we are excited to provide adults with essential digital skills and support them into new job roles and to access to new work opportunities for those self-employed.”

Stephen Hughes, Partnerships Director at Generation said, “We're delighted to be working with the Growth Company and Department for Education to support Manchester's digital economy. Data Engineers are highly in-demand across Greater Manchester, and there's just not enough of them. To meet that need, and to widen access to these exciting, high-paid careers, we're looking forward to running these Skills Bootcamps, supported by an amazing set of Instructors with deep industry experience. For 44 people, this could be a life-changing opportunity to break into the tech sector and be connected with Manchester's growing set of tech employers.

David Muir, Founder and CEO of Code Nation also said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the Growth Company to bring Code Nation’s successful and award-winning Skills Bootcamp to GM and Lancashire residents. We’ve had some amazing stories from our pilot programmes over the last 9 months and I’m sure we’ll continue to deliver positive outcomes for those about to benefit from the new tranche of Skills Bootcamps. The demand for digital skills in the UK, and the North West, in particular, is growing at an unprecedented rate. We work on the basis that anyone can learn to code and we're excited to be able to give more learners that hand up/skills re-fresh to help fulfil the demand from our employers already lined up.”

Phil Howard, Commercial Director at Intequal said, “As passionate advocates of ensuring digital skills are accessible for all those seeking a career in IT, digital and data roles, we are really pleased to be joining our colleagues at the Growth Company as one of the training partners for this brilliant Skills Bootcamp initiative available to people in the Greater Manchester area. Our experienced team have crafted a great interactive, tutor-led, online Data Analytics programme that provides an introduction to this increasingly popular topic plus an overview of the tools and techniques that can be used to unlock valuable business insights. Learners will get a chance to apply those skills in real-time project activities and gain an understanding of why this information is so important to businesses successfully competing in the current and future marketplace. As with all of our training, we will take a holistic approach and also provide expert advice to support individual’s personal development and enrich the skills training with employability advice and tips. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning how to transform data into information to support business decision-making to secure a new role, switch careers or work smarter in their own business.”

If you are aged 19 or over and wish to develop your digital skills to help you find work or progress in a new area, please get in touch.