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Discover what Skills Bootcamps could offer you

What are Skills Bootcamps?

Skills Bootcamps are free courses for learners of up to 16 weeks, giving individuals the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills, with an offer of a job interview with an employer on completion.  Skills Bootcamps courses are available part-time and full-time, in a range of locations, including some online courses. Individual providers also offer arrangements to ensure that all eligible adults can take advantage of these training opportunities.

Skills Bootcamps have the potential to transform the skills landscape for adults and employers, by delivering a pipeline of skilled workers.

If you’re a learner – Skills Bootcamps are a great opportunity to train in a new industry or progress in your current career.

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Find a course


You can find the right Skills Bootcamp for you on the National Careers Service, to help you get a job or develop your skills.

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Get advice


Contact the National Careers Service for free and impartial advice if you’re unsure about which course to do.

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Find local colleges and providers


As employers you can use the list of Skills Bootcamps training providers to find local colleges and providers to work with.


Who are they for?

Skills Bootcamps are open to adults aged 19 and over who are either in work, self-employed, unemployed, or returning to work after a break.

Skills Bootcamps are also open to serving prisoners due to be released within 6 months of completing a Skills Bootcamp and those on temporary release.

Some Skills Bootcamps may have additional eligibility criteria. 

Progression options

Skills Bootcamps allow adults to progress onto a range of new opportunities.

This includes.

  • Progress to an apprenticeship. Skills Bootcamps can also lead to accelerated apprenticeships because it is considered prior learning.
  • Progress to another technical education qualification
  • Progress in a current position – with support from an employer.

What are the benefits of doing a Skills Bootcamp?

Benefits to Learners

Learners can…

  • access free, fast, flexible courses, with a direct line of sight into a job or industry.
  • gain skills in a new sector to be well-prepared for a career change.
  • upskill to access better opportunities in their current industry.
  • be offered an interview with an employer upon completion.
  • complete a Skills Bootcamp alongside other commitments and caring responsibilities.
  • study through distanced learning and have the flexibility to choose when and where to study.
  • learn from expert tutors who will provide tailored support to ensure success beyond the Skills Bootcamp.
  • build confidence in a new skill area to enhance future work and life prospects.

Benefits to Employers

Employers can…

  • fill vacancies for free by accessing a pipeline of new, job-ready talent.
  • upskill their existing workforce, subject to a payment contribution.
  • drive up productivity and increase workforce diversity.
  • engage with a Government-funded skills provision, co-designing the course with training providers to ensure that it aligns with employer needs.