Skills Bootcamps in Greater Manchester will not only support employed and unemployed people in the city-region to access career opportunities but will also help businesses to close skill gaps they’re struggling to fill.

They offer a minimum 60 of learning hours to people over a maximum of 16 weeks, resulting in a guaranteed interview with a local employer.

The programme will place a high focus on supporting underrepresented groups including:

  • low paid and unemployed/not in work
  • veterans
  • ex-offenders
  • women
  • ethnic minorities
  • over 50s
  • those returning work after a break/maternity leave
  • people living with a health condition/disability

Skills Bootcamps form part of the Department for Education’s (DfE) £2.5bn ‘National Skills Fund’, which is part of Government’s wider ‘Plan for Jobs’.

GMCA was awarded £7m of this funding, which will be used to support 2,500 individuals working across different sectors in the city-region between 2022 and 2023 including:

  • Digital/Technology 
  • Construction & Green Skills 
  • Advanced Manufacturing 
  • Logistics & HGV 

Greater Manchester believes it could deliver an ambitious programme over the course of three years (up to March 2025) and will seek further funding from DfE annually to continue the bootcamps in the city-region.