Wednesday, March 22, 2023

With £2m to spend, LEP asks training providers for skills bootcamp proposals

Colleges and training providers in Greater Lincolnshire are being asked to submit proposals for Skills Bootcamps to reflect future training needs.

The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership has been awarded £2m by the Department for Education to develop a new wave of Skills Bootcamps in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council.

Skills Bootcamps are part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life, and are available to adults who want to change careers, find new jobs or upskill in the workplace by learning sector-specific skills. The courses are free and flexible and can be online, face-to-face or a mix of the two depending on the subject.

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP has already started developing Skills Bootcamps as part of the Department of Education’s Wave 3. There is now a variety of courses available in multiple sectors including food and drink, transport and healthcare.

Funding for Wave 4 means that colleges and training providers in Greater Lincolnshire have until 18th April 2023 to submit proposals for upcoming Skills Bootcamps.

Employers can also get involved in the process, as Skills Bootcamps should be designed around their skills needs.  They can offer interviews to learners who have completed the Skills Bootcamp or send their own employees on the Skills Bootcamp to upskill them so they can take on a new role or extra responsibilities.

This is an opportunity for employers to help develop training courses based on the needs of their industry, whether for existing employees or future candidates.

Simon Telfer, Chair of the LEP’s Employment and Skills Advisory Panel, said: “Thanks to our partnership with Lincolnshire County Council and funding from the Department of Education, we are now in the position to plan the next wave of Skills Bootcamps.

“We are encouraging local training organisations to submit proposals as this is a great opportunity to help develop training that will fill the skills gaps and upskill our workforce in Greater Lincolnshire.”

If you are a college or training provider with a proposal, you can submit an application now. The closing date for proposals is 18th April 2023 and those that are successful will start being delivered in May 2023.

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