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Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks for adults aged 19 or over. They give people the opportunity to build up valuable sector-specific skills based on local employer demand and are accessible to employers wanting to refer existing employees (a co-fund fee will apply).

Improving the skills of the North East workforce

We're working with employers across the North East to tailor Skills Bootcamps to the region’s skills requirements.

Skills Bootcamps increase training capacity, and help get more people into jobs in in-demand sectors.


Skills Bootcamps offer individuals with opportunities to retrain and gain new skills and gain industry-relevant experience. They also enable employers to fill specific skills shortages and team vacancies – increasing productivity within their organisations.


Skills Bootcamps are free to individuals, however if you're an employer referring your existing employees you will co-fund the training dependent on the size of your business. (30% for large businesses, 10% for SMEs).

Time commitment

Flexible training programmes of up to 16 weeks with a minimum of 60 guided learning hours.


    Green Power

    Green Power represents those renewable energy resources and technologies that provide the greatest environmental benefit.

    Green Transport & Arboriculture

    The electrification of transport is a key lever for delivering zero emissions and realising ambitions to decarbonise transport.

    Advanced Manufacturing

    Technical skills such as welding are an essential part of sectors including construction and engineering.

    Business & Education

    Critical skills shortages in business and education create opportunities for new entrants and upskilling in these sectors.

    Green Construction

    To achieve the 2050 Net Zero targets, the UK must decarbonise the heating market at a rate of 20,000 homes per week by 2025.

    Putting employers at the heart of provision

    Skills Bootcamps give employers the opportunity to access training that equips potential employees with the exact skills needed within their sector. 

    The North East LEP (now part of the North East Combined Authority) was successful in receiving funding from the Department for Education to deliver Skills Bootcamps primarily focusing on green skills across a range of industries.
    Unipres and Nissan are two of the businesses in the North East to benefit from the programme, by delivering Skills Bootcamps in manufacturing electric vehicles and their components. 

    Lifetime Skills Guarantee

    Skills Bootcamps are part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life – offer bespoke training solutions to bridge existing skills gaps within high demand sectors.  Skills Bootcamps offer free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks for adults aged 19+ who are either in work or recently unemployed.

    Find out more

    Find more information about Skills Bootcamps on the Government website.

    Visit the Unlock Your Potential website for more information about training, support, and advice.

    Find out how taking part in a Skills Bootcamp could fast-track you to a better job.