The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has secured Â£ 21million from the adult education budget to support a series of digital bootcamps that will run over the next three years, from November 2021 to October 2024, with a target to support more than 4,000 people.
Bootcamps are free for learners and equip West Midlands residents with digital skills, enabling them to access roles in areas such as coding, cybersecurity and digital marketing. They support the unemployed, people looking for professional retraining and people in employment seeking to acquire the digital skills necessary to obtain more responsibilities or a promotion with their current employer.
With a grant of Â£ 7million, the WMCA has so far piloted more than 30 digital bootcamps, training around 2,000 adults who are unemployed or in low-paid jobs with essential tech skills. One of these pilot projects saw 62 percent of learners test positive. Based on this success, the WMCA decided to strengthen its bootcamp offering with more funding. Each bootcamp will be delivered by a training provider with expertise in technology and digital skills, with links to companies that offer guaranteed interviews and employment opportunities.
10 training providers have been selected to deliver the WMCA digital bootcamps: Generation You Employed; University of Birmingham; Code school; Technological talent; Head; The skills network; LEAD; Resume Foundation; International twin training; and code your future.
Topics covered will include data analytics and engineering, web development, coding, UI and UX design, cloud computing, digital marketing, and cybersecurity. Digital bootcamps are a key part of the WMCA’s plans to implement its digital roadmap, which sets out five missions to digitize the region, including becoming the UK’s best digitally connected region and increasing access to digital opportunities. by fighting against digital exclusion.
“Retraining and retraining have a crucial role to play in our region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, and are the cornerstone of my employment plan to help 100,000 people work over the next two years” , said Andy Street, the mayor of the West. Midlands and Chairman of the West Midlands Combined Authority. “We know that the skills training of the future that employers want and need is a critical way to help people find jobs quickly, and technology is one area with huge job opportunities. where we have to help people learn the right skills.
âThe sector offers exciting and long-lasting new jobs, and digital bootcamps are a great way to help local people get involved. Our bootcamps were a great success and provided a clear path for people to get into the job, and so I’m delighted that we can now continue our great work and equip more residents with the skills they need to get into the good. – be of high quality. the paid jobs of the future.