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WMCA launches next round of digital bootcamps, unveils £21m funding – UKTN

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The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has launched the next series of digital bootcamps. This series of digital bootcamps aims to improve the digital capabilities of West Midlands residents.

Next series of WMCA digital bootcamps

WMCA digital bootcamps are free for learners. It will equip residents of the West Midlands with digital skills, enabling them to access roles in areas such as coding, cybersecurity and digital marketing. It supports those who are unemployed, looking for a career change, and employees looking to learn the digital skills required to get promoted in their current job.

With a £7million grant, WMCA has piloted more than 30 digital bootcamps and trained around 2,000 adults who are unemployed or in low-paying jobs with essential tech skills. As it turned out to be a success, WMCA decided to bolster their bootcamp offering with more funding.

Now £21million has been made available from the adult education budget to support new bootcamps over the next three years, with a target of supporting over 4,000 people. These new bootcamps will run from November 2021 to October 2024.

Each bootcamp will be delivered by a training provider that has expertise in technology and digital skills with links to companies that offer guaranteed interviews and job opportunities.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and Chairman of the West Midlands Combined Authority, said: “Our bootcamps have been a great success and have provided a clear pathway for people to enter the world of work, so I am delighted that we can now continue our great work and enable more residents to gain the skills they need to access the high-quality, well-paying jobs of the future.

Councilor Ian Brookfield, Leader of Wolverhampton City Council, said: ‘A skilled workforce is a productive workforce, and only by giving them the skills, training and support needed that they can play their part in promoting the West Midlands economy. . The digital bootcamp initiative is a great example of investing in opportunities for our people. »

Digital bootcamp providers

The ten vendors selected to offer WMCA digital bootcamps include Generation You Employed; University of Birmingham; School of Code; Technological talent; Head; The skills network; LEAD; CV Foundation; Twin Training International; and Code your future.

Their bootcamps will cover data analysis and engineering, web development, coding, UI and UX design, cloud computing, digital marketing, and cybersecurity, among other specialties.

These digital bootcamps are a key part of WMCA’s plans to implement its digital roadmap, which sets out five missions to digitize the region, including becoming the best-connected region in the UK and increasing access to digital opportunities by fighting against digital exclusion.