Norfolk and Suffolk celebrate the launch of skills bootcamps

Published:
2:38 PM August 18, 2022



Training providers are set to tackle acute skills shortages in vital sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk under a £1million scheme.

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed eight specialist companies to run Skills Bootcamps to boost the employability of 240 people in key sectors facing recruitment crises.

LEP worked with Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils to secure the funding under the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

They will learn skills in IT, construction, logistics, home renovation or green skills, introductions to tree growing and agriculture – and leadership and management through March 2023.

The eight providers include four from the region – Action Community Enterprises CIC (ACE) which supports unemployed young people and adults in Norfolk, Netmatters, which has offices in Wymondham, Great Yarmouth and Cambridge, Suffolk New College, which has campuses in Ipswich, Leiston and Otley and Turning Factor, which has offices in Norwich and Cambridge.


A government Skills for Life poster
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The others are digital marketing agency Anicca Digital Ltd, edtech start-up CoGrammar Ltd, software developer for the construction industry House Builder XL Ltd and The Retrofit Academy CIC, which is developing new skills and training to support the government’s net zero program.

The courses will be free for individual learners and open to anyone aged 19 and over who has the right to live and work in the UK.

Participants will learn new skills to enter the job market or improve their skills to support career progression. The self-employed will be helped to acquire skills so that they can win new business.

Short and intensive training courses will vary from approximately 60 hours to 16 weeks and will involve a mix of in-person and online learning depending on the course.

Bev Wallman, New Anglia LEP skills broker, said bootcamps were heavily subsidized to encourage attendance. “SMBs will only pay 10% of the cost of training their employees, which is exceptional value for money. Large companies will pay 30%, but it’s still a significant cost saving,” she said. declared.

Graham Plant, Cabinet Member of Norfolk County Council for Economic Growth, said: “We are always looking for ways to boost skills in Norfolk, and getting such a large investment is a fantastic step in that direction.

Cllr Rachel Hood, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Education, SEND and Skills, said the bootcamps would provide a new opportunity for businesses in several areas.