Worcestershire businesses are being encouraged to utilise the Skills Bootcamps programme to help upskill and develop their workforce.
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 level 2 in some sectors.
They are co-designed or shaped with employers to respond to their skills shortages. Employers can work with training providers to develop and deliver Skills Bootcamps to help them fill skill shortage vacancies.
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 can provide many benefits to business, in particular they help the business:
- develop a loyal and talented workforce with the skills needed quickly
- futureproof a business in a rapidly changing labour market
- improve 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
Skills Bootcamps are available in:
- Digital courses such as digital marketing or coding
- Apprenticeships into nursing
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/ upskill 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 responsibilities may include:
- 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