Skills Bootcamps

Retraining and upskilling the Solent’s workforce

We have successfully secured over £1.2m from the Department for Education (DfE) to support the establishment of Skills Bootcamps for the Solent region.

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks for adults aged 19 or over and are primarily aimed at delivering flexible training that is co-designed with employers to respond to skills shortages. The courses are free to those who are self-employed or unemployed; employers will need to make a contribution for their employees retraining or upskilling.

In the Solent, Skills Bootcamps will be available in the following industries:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Software Development
  • Maritime Transport and Logistics
  • Care Services
  • Creative Business Management and Administration
  • Green Skills
  • Catering and Hospitality

At its heart, Skills Bootcamps are designed to support adults to retrain and upskill in local priority sectors, and this will ultimately support economic growth in the Solent.

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Available to

Adults looking to update or build skills


Up to 16 weeks


Over 19

Course type

Classroom-based, On-the-job, Online, Short courses


Skills Bootcamps are funded by the government and are free for those who are unemployed or self-employed.  For those who are through their employer, there is a contribution from the employer.

Are you interested in benefitting from a Skills Bootcamp?

  • If you are an employer wanting to future-proof your workforce, and develop your existing talent 
  • Or if you are self-employed or unemployed looking for new opportunities

Please click on the relevant link below and get in touch with the expert training providers to find out more.

Maritime Transport & Logistics
Catering and Hospitality
Business Skills for Creatives
Digital Marketing
Green Skills

Quality Assurance providers required

We are looking for an independent supplier of quality assurance reports for each of our Skills Bootcamps and providers.  

Find out more about this opportunity here. The deadline for responses is 11 January 2024.

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