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Government Launches Tech Skills Bootcamp for Young People

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Science and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan has today announced the launch of ‘career-transforming’ skills bootcamps for the technology sector. The digital bootcamps prioritise five key skill sets: cyber security, web development, software development, cloud computing and data and analytics.

Skills bootcamps are fully funded by the Department for Education as part of it’s Skills for Life work, and are hosted by a range of providers across England. The Government hopes to upskill 64,000 people by 2025.

Opportunities for young people in tech

The Government claims that skills offered by free government-backed bootcamps can lead to average salaries exceeding £70,000, two and half times the UK average. Findings from Beauhurst also reveal that roles in technology pay an average of 55% more the national average.

Each bootcamp will see people take part in courses that last up to 16 weeks and will prepare them for high-tech careers, with each guaranteed an interview on completion. No technical knowledge or educational qualifications are required to secure a place. 

This announcement comes as the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) launches a drive to get more people to sign up to digital Skills Bootcamps in cloud computing, cybersecurity, software development and more.

While tech job adverts decreased through the last year, demand for junior and entry-level roles persisted as technology companies struggled to recruit the early career talent they needed to match their growth ambitions.

Scale-up companies who have already demonstrated high potential and are in their ‘venture-stage’ dominated this demand, with the high-growth group recruiting almost one third (31.3%) of all digital jobs.

Responses

After establishing boosting scale-up growth and tackling the skills gap as two of DSIT’s three priorities for the year ahead, Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan today said “The appetite and potential British scale-ups have for growth is immense, we can no longer allow digital skills shortages to limit their ambition. Whether your personal ambition is to secure a comfy pay packet, land a creative role, solve the world’s most pressing challenges, or all three – the Skills Bootcamps we are promoting today can help achieve your own career goals while being part of our superpower sector”.

The campaign has been supported by the Digital Skills Council, a group of major technology companies including Google and Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as skills-focused organisations like Future Dot Now and more. Phil Smith, Co-Chair of the Digital Skills Council and Chairman of IQE, said “The Digital Skills Council welcomes this research which reinforces just how important the work and goals of the Council are in bringing together government and industry to improve the confidence, capability and leadership of the UK in Digital Skills.  Digital Skills are vital throughout the economy and existing successful programs such as bootcamps play an important role in providing relevant and focused up-skilling and a proven path into high value enjoyable jobs”.

Curia’s Levelling Up Commission

The Levelling Up Commission is considering how the valuable aims of the levelling up agenda can be achieved from the perspective of local and regional government, as well as service providers across all four areas of public policy detailed below. All too often, levelling up is being done ‘to and for’ communities, rather than in partnership. The Commission intends to ensure this is led locally.

In particular, the Commission will consider how improved public service and infrastructural provisions can help to drive down regional inequalities across England. Through a series of inquiry sessions, written submissions, regional sprints and quantitative data analysis, the Commission will set out a series of recommendations, and an accompanying implementation plan to consider how regional inequalities can be reduced from the perspective of public service design and provision in four key areas:

  • Health and social care
  • Education, skills and training
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Criminal justice and rehabilitation

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