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Greater Manchester secures £7m for digital, creative and tech training


Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has secured £7m from the Department for Education for the next phase of Skills Bootcamps in the city-region.

The bootcamps aim to help people get into employment in key growth sectors such as digital and tech, switch career or upskill into a better job.

Skills Bootcamps offer access to in-demand skills training and a fast-track interview for higher skilled, good quality jobs. The programme also benefits employers by helping them to fill specific skills shortages and vacancies, increasing productivity within their organisations.

Hammad Zafar previously worked as a part time deputy warehouse manager. He wanted a career change and found the Skills Bootcamps advert online. He accessed a Cyber Security Bootcamp with Netcom Training through the programme. Following the training Hammad gained a new role as a Software Account Manager at IDNS, based in Bolton.

He said: “The course gave me basic knowledge about cyber security which I previously have not had. More importantly, my training tutor helped me with CV writing and made sure my CV demonstrated all the employable skills I have. After I applied for the job at IDNS, my tutors provided mock interviews and helped me to be fully prepared for the interview. I smashed the interview and was hired after my first interview with IDNS. I can’t thank Netcom enough for all the support.”

Councillor Eamonn O’Brien, Greater Manchester’s lead for education, work, skills, apprenticeships and digital added: “Greater Manchester’s Skills Bootcamps programme goes from strength to strength. This funding boost will support even more adults across the region to take advantage of these free courses and get on the path to sustainable careers in key growth sectors. The programme also benefits employers by helping them to recruit a diverse workforce with the technical skills their businesses need”.

The programme supports key growth sectors of the Greater Manchester economy such as Digital, Creative & Tech, Construction, Green and Manufacturing. The pilot phase of Skills Bootcamps concluded at the end of 2022 and saw over 1,200 participants completing training courses. Notably, 57 per cent of participants were from ethnic minority communities and 50 per cent were unemployed. A total of 72 per cent of those who completed pilot courses were offered a guaranteed interview with 54 per cent moving into skilled employment.

GMCA is now looking for specialist training providers and employer partners with innovative ideas to train people for jobs in key sectors with skills shortages. Various opportunities will go live in the coming weeks for training providers to bid for and deliver training.

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