D2N2 to launch new Government skills bootcamps in Nottinghamshire

The Government has announced plans to transform the training and skills system in Nottinghamshire in a bid to make it fit for the 21st century economy and help the country build back better from coronavirus.

Friday, 4th December 2020, 12:55 pm

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been confirmed as one of three regions that will deliver an extension of the Government’s skills bootcamps programme.

The programme will be funded by the Department for Education and developed locally by the D2N2 LEP working with local employers, providers and local authorities.

Skills bootcamps are short flexible courses of around 12 weeks that have been designed to give people the opportunity to build up their digital skills and fast-track them to an interview with a local employer.

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The skills bootcamps will help people improve their digital skills

The courses are not for digital experts – participants need a good grasp of the English language and a willingness to learn new skills.

The training programme has been developed with local employers and participants who complete the programme will have the opportunity of an employer interview and support to apply for relevant jobs.

The scheme is open to anyone aged 19 and over, whether they’re looking for work, already in work, or are returning to work after some time out.

Elizabeth Fagan chair of the D2N2 LEP said: “Delivering and increasing skills at all levels is critical to our region’s economic recovery from Covid-19 and our long-term growth.

“I would urge anyone who is out of work or who is concerned about their future employment, to please see what training and course options are available through the D2N2 website.”

John van de Laarschot, chief executive at Nottingham College, said: "Nottingham College is thrilled to be a chosen partner in the delivery of the skills bootcamp programme.

"Colleges, and the FE sector more broadly, have a fundamental role in steering the UK's economic recovery post-Covid.

Gail Rochester, relationship director at apprenticeships provider Babington, added: "Investing in the talent across D2N2, enables us to rapidly accelerate careers and support businesses, which is central to our core purpose of developing better futures.”