/Skills Bootcamps in Digital - August 2021 (Closed)

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Provided by: Manchester Metropolitan University

Course Area: All areas

Course Type: Short Course

Start date: 23/08/2021

End date: 26/11/2021

Course length: 14 weeks

Subjects: Artificial intelligence, Cyber security, Games technology, User interface design, Web development

Price: Free

Delivery Method: Online

Skills Bootcamp overview

Our Skills Bootcamp lasts 14 weeks with each unit taking 2 weeks. The course is online and a typical day has 3 hours of direct teaching and workshop activity (mornings) with 3 hours of guided learning to consolidate skills and develop your portfolio (afternoon). Assessment is undertaken through the development of a portfolio through the units studied and that builds up during the programme. In addition to the taught subjects, industry speakers and employers will present sessions and host additional activities to develop an understanding of career pathways and the employer community. The Skills Bootcamp will include additional pastoral support and professional development sessions.

Who is this Skills Bootcamp for

Our 14-week programme aims to support the long-term unemployed, disadvantaged groups, career changers, and those who need to re-focus coming out of furlough in starting on the pathway for a digital career.


We’re also offering these courses as CPD programmes for employees who wish to change their focus to digital careers or as a means of professional development within their existing roles/organisations into other (digital) roles.


Within the online delivery model, some sessions are timetabled, with recording to review later, but much of the additional skills development is flexible.


Learners must:

  • Be aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Agree to provide mandatory personal data and supplementary information on their employment outcomes for up to 8 months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp
  • Be looking for a new role, new opportunities or increased responsibility/promotion to a different role which utilises the skills acquired through their Skills Bootcamp


Be either

  • employed/self-employed, or
  • career changers/returners/redeployed, or
  • unemployed within the last 12 months


Employers will be able to send existing employees who meet the Skills Bootcamp eligibility requirements on this training at an impressive 70% discount. Interested employers should contact the individual Skills Bootcamp provider.

What will I learn

The programme has 7 units of study:

  • Employment and Business Readiness
  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Digital Sales Innovator
  • Cyber Security Technician
  • Tech for Good
  • Cyber Security Risk Analyst
  • Business and Entrepreneurship


On completing the course learners will be confident in their use of computing and the digital skills needed for business whilst also having the confidence to innovate and explore the digital domain further. Technical skills in Digital Sales and Cyber Security will develop new career opportunities and the development of Business, Employment, and Entrepreneurship skills will enable learners to quickly establish themselves with employers.

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Creating pathways to employment

How has the Skills Bootcamp been designed?

The units within the programme were designed with industry input and the steering group reviews content and curriculum and advises the delivery team with respect to the employability potential of the skills development.


How are employers involved in the delivery of this Skills Bootcamp?

During the Skills Bootcamp industrial partners from our extensive employer base will contribute to both the formal teaching and additional activity with online sessions and skills development activities, including employability skills.


What are the routes to employment following successful completion?

Our Skills Bootcamp is broad but mapped to occupation types and apprenticeship pathways grounded in the digital needs of industry. This allows a broad range of employment options from the traditional technology pathways, to digitally-enabled employment such as digital sales and cyber security. As a partner in the delivery of these programmes, Manchester Digital represents an extensive community of digital businesses from SME’s and start-ups through to our region’s largest employers. This approach builds in connecting learners to employers throughout the programme, as well as formal employer pledges to interview for employment, talent days and networking.

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