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£8.1million increase to extend skills training camps for the Liverpool City region | Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

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£8.1million increase to extend skills training camps for the Liverpool City region

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has secured £8.1million to run Skills Bootcamps across various sectors over the next year, having successfully piloted Skills Bootcamps in the area of ​​digital skills for the past two years.

Skills Bootcamps offer training in construction, digital, engineering, green skills, truck drivers and rail. Funding for the second and third years will be performance-based.

Thousands of people are set to benefit from the free courses, which aim to raise skills levels in key sectors, enabling eligible adults to move into more sustainable roles and providing residents of the Liverpool area with the skills that employers need of the region really need.

Skills Bootcamps are funded by the Ministry of Education. The free flexible courses last up to 16 weeks and play a key role in government upgrading activity. Skills Bootcamps will provide training with level 3 or higher content.

The Skills Bootcamps support employers who wish to retrain their existing staff to develop new activities or retain their staff, the self-employed, but also any employed or unemployed adult who seeks to acquire new skills to enable them to progress.

Anyone undertaking the training will be offered an interview with an employer.

Speaking about the training available, Liverpool City Area Mayor Steve Rotheram said:

“Discussing with business leaders in our city region, it is abundantly clear that across all sectors there is a real hunger to recruit skilled local workers. Thanks to the good work we’ve been able to do with our delegated powers over skills, we’ve been able to get more money from the government to give more of our residents the skills they need to advance.

“We want to create a region of highly skilled and highly employable workers, with a focus on those looking for a new challenge, a fresh start or a chance to return to the job market.

“By giving local people the training they need to access secure, good quality, well-paying jobs, we can ensure that talent stays in our region and that we have a workforce ready to fire. take full advantage of the jobs that the green industrial revolution and other industries of tomorrow will bring.

Learning and Skills Minister Alex Burghart said:

“Skills Bootcamps are a very effective way to quickly acquire skills in a range of in-demand sectors, including digital, construction and green transport.

“This increase in funding will help even more adults in the region take advantage of these free classes and embark on well-paying careers.”

The Liverpool City region was one of only six regions nationwide to pilot Digital Skills Bootcamps in September 2020, aimed at helping participants find jobs in the digital sector, and subsequently held a new series of Skills Bootcamps in 2021.

To date, nearly 700 people – a combination of unemployed, self-employed and employed – have completed a Digital Skills Bootcamp. Their progress will be monitored over the coming months.

For more information – for individuals and employers – see the webpage.