Skills Bootcamps

Gain industry-specific skills and boost your job prospects

What are Skills Bootcamps?

Berkshire Skills Bootcamps are free*, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks,
giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and an
offer of an interview with an employer upon completion.

Our Skills Bootcamps are open to all individuals aged 19 and over from all employment backgrounds and of any experience level, focusing on sectors that employers are actively looking to recruit.

Unemployed, recent graduate, career changer, or someone looking to upskill, Berkshire Skills Bootcamps are for you.

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*Funding criteria and eligibility does apply. Click here for more.

“It’s been an exciting and challenging year for us, as Berkshire LEP became one of the latest organisations to deliver DfE funded Skills Bootcamps. We are working with fantastic delivery partners, and I am thrilled by the successes we’ve achieved to date.”
– Claire Bradbury

 For job seekers, job changers & upskillers

If you’re aged over 19 and looking to change sectors or progress in your current industry, our free Skills Bootcamp could be your next step to a better job.

Skills Bootcamps will give you the skills you need to pursue a new profession, progress to additional education like an apprenticeship, or generate new opportunities if you’re self-employed.

These flexible courses last up to 16 weeks and allow you to gain the skills employers are looking for. You’ll also have a chance to fast-track your way to an interview with a local employer.

Berkshire Skills Bootcamps are available for anyone over 19 who is in work, self-employed, unemployed or returning to work after a break.

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For providers & employers

Are you an employer wanting to upskill your team? Are you struggling to employ people with the right skills?

Skills Bootcamps are co-designed with employers to respond to skills shortages. You can work with our training providers to develop and deliver Skills Bootcamps to help you fill vacancies or interview and employ one of our Skills Bootcamps alumni.

Skills Bootcamps may help your business by developing a skilled workforce, futureproofing your business by supporting new skills development, motivating your team by providing new opportunities to learn and by giving you access to participants who have successfully completed relevant Skills Bootcamps.

As a business you will contribute a portion of funding (10% for SMEs, 30% for large employers), while the Department for Education covers the rest.

Scroll down to see our current Skills Bootcamps, or contact us to get involved.

For job seekers, job changers & upskillers

Courses coming soon...

Contact us if you are interested in registering on one of our Skills Bootcamps.

For providers & employers

Employers recruiting Skills Bootcamps Graduates have saved an estimated £259,630 in recruitment fees!

Health and Life Sciences

A Skills Bootcamp in Laboratory Techniques gives our learners the confidence they need while they develop and practice their lab skills. The course is delivered at Reading College in partnership with Newbury College and Activate Learning.

Did you know Skills Bootcamps may be the perfect way to find a new recruit? Get in touch today with one of our team for the chance to speak to our recent graduates.

Engineering

The programme includes learning technical drawing by hand, understanding of tolerances, and using measuring equipment like the Micrometre, Vernia height gauge and Vernia calliper, all analogue versions. Learners will understand how to operate machine tools such as centre lathe, milling machine, drill press, power band saw and surface grinder, and make components out of metal to a tolerance of 0.1mm or greater and internal and external threads.

Upon completion of this Skills Bootcamps course, learners will have a solid understanding of machining and bench fitting techniques and will be able to apply this knowledge to improve their job performance.

Would this Skills Bootcamp in Engineering be useful to your employees? Get in touch today with one of our team for the chance to speak to our recent graduates.

Digital Skills

The Data Analytics Skills Bootcamp was amazing! We covered all areas of Data Analysis from research to cleaning data and finally visualising data in Tableau. The course provides everything you need to start in Data Analysis.” – Graduate in Data Analytics

The 16-week Skills Bootcamp in Data Analytics provided by The Curious Academy is designed for career success with:

  • Industry-Curated Curriculum: Learn the latest data analytics skills that employers actually need and want. Our content is co-created with experts in the field.
  • Real-World Projects: Develop critical soft skills and build your portfolio through project work.
  • Ongoing Support: Access to our study zone for six month after completing the program. Plus, join our graduate peer network for continued learning and networking.
  • Convenient Schedule: Attend classes in-person just 1 day per week. Complete additional live virtual sessions weekly from the comfort of home.

Other courses include Digital Marketing provided by The Curious Academy, Software Development provided by Code Institute and Cyber Security provided by Activate Learning.

Did you know Skills Bootcamps may be the perfect way to find a new recruit? Get in touch today with one of our team for the chance to speak to our recent graduates.

Leadership and Management

Alan Hester is currently providing Berkshire with a Skills Bootcamp in Leadership and Management.

Get in touch today with one of our team for the chance to speak to our recent graduates.

Health and Life Sciences

The Health and Life Sciences sector currently has a Skills Bootcamp in Laboratory Techniques, provided by Newbury College. 

Get in touch today with one of our team for the chance to speak to our recent graduates.

Green Skills

Windsor Forest College Group provide three Skills Bootcamps in the Net Zero priority sector: Electrical Installation and Ventilation, Plumbing and Heating Renewable Technology and Retrofit. Activate Learning provide the Skills Bootcamp in Green Sustainability. 

Did you know Skills Bootcamps may be the perfect way to find a new recruit? Get in touch today with one of our team for the chance to speak to our recent graduates.

Health, Social Care and Education Support Workers

The Health, Social Care and Education Support Workers sector is provided by Educate2gether.

Did you know Skills Bootcamps may be the perfect way to find a new recruit? Get in touch today with one of our team for the chance to speak to our recent graduates.

Screen Industry

The Screen Industry is a growing priority sector in Berkshire, with the opening of Shinfield Studios. Resource Productions are providing Berkshire with a Skills Bootcamp in Camera, Lighting and Grip and a second Skills Bootcamp in Film and TV.

Did you know Skills Bootcamps may be the perfect way to find a new recruit? Get in touch today with one of our team for the chance to speak to our recent graduates.

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