Government grant to help boost digital skills - The Solihull Observer

Government grant to help boost digital skills

Solihull Editorial 8th Oct, 2022   0

JOB seekers in digital, health and green industries can get free training, thanks to a Government skills grant awarded to the region.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has secured a further £11.25milllion from the government’s National Skills Fund expansion to expand bootcamp delivery.

The bootcamps are free of charge for learners and equip West Midlands residents with digital skills, giving them to access roles in areas like coding, cybersecurity and digital marketing.

They support the unemployed, those seeking a career change, as well as employed people looking to gain the digital skills required to secure more responsibility or a promotion with their current employer.




Bootcamps have been successfully delivered within the West Midlands region since 2019, with more than 1,000 residents achieving a positive outcome after receiving training.

This new funding will support a further 3,500 West Midlands residents to upskill and reskill in some of the regions priority sectors and key areas for growth.


Clare Hatton, director of employment and skills at WMCA, said: “Bootcamps represent such an amazing opportunity for our local businesses.

“With unprecedented pre-pandemic growth in our economy, the West Midlands has been the place to locate and grow businesses over recent years.

“With thousands of new jobs created and companies bringing their flagship operations to the West Midlands, never has there been a more important time for us to make sure our residents have the skills they need to compete in the jobs market and ensure businesses can acquire the talent they need and that’s why I’m thrilled to announce this new funding for residents of the West Midlands.”

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “With a focus on retraining and upskilling local residents in key sectors of our economy, we’re well placed to bounce back post pandemic and supercharge our recovery – helping local people to access the high-quality, well-paid jobs of the future. I look forward to seeing lives changed for the better.”

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