Skills Bootcamps – Bath Spa University

Skills Bootcamps

Our free Skills Bootcamps give you the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and support you towards advancing your career.

Whether you're looking for a new job or starting your own business, our free Skills Bootcamps open the door to a range of new and exciting opportunities.

You don't need any prior knowledge of the subject, just an interest and willingness to learn. These online short courses provide you with the digital skills employers look for, pathways to getting a job and tailored small business support.

You'll also benefit from employment support including techniques for job applications and taking part in mock interviews.

Get Involved

Are you a business interested in working with our Skills Bootcamps?

Find out the benefits of getting involved with our courses, including:

  • Accessing a pool of over 500 upskilled job seekers across eight digital skill areas
  • Saving money on advertising jobs
  • Targeting learners looking for roles in your industry.

What you need to know

Skills Bootcamps are short courses of up to 12 weeks that allow you to build up sector-specific skills and  support you towards employment. They're for adults who want to retrain, pursue a career in a new field or start their own business.

We're delivering these in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities. These courses are fully funded by the Department for Education and help you gain skills for life, help support skills demands in your area and ultimately help you take the next step in your career journey.

Before you apply to one of our short courses, there are a few things to consider.

What is the commitment to a Skills Bootcamp like?

These free online short courses are designed to fit around other commitments and involve around 30 hours of study per week. A positive mindset is key to successfully complete these Skills Bootcamps.

It's important to note that you're expected to spend a number of hours outside of teaching on independent study to support your learning. Your lecturers will support you with reading activities to do during your independent study.

Who can apply to a Skills Bootcamp?

Eligibility requirements vary from course to course but generally you must:

  • Be aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Live in or near Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire or North Somerset
  • Agree to provide mandatory personal data and supplementary information on your employment outcomes for up to eight months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp
  • Have not completed a DfE funded bootcamp in the last 12 months
How much does a Skills Bootcamp cost?

Working alongside our partners we're able to provide these courses free of charge. We only accept applications from those who haven't completed a govenment funded bootcamp in the last 12 months.

If you're being sent for training by your employer, your employer will need to pay up to 30% of the total fees depending on the size of the company. If this is the case, please contact us at for more details.

What happens after a Skills Bootcamp?

After completing your Skills Bootcamp you’ll be supported by your Career Development Coach for six months. This includes help with interviews, updating your CV and putting together a business plan. You’ll have access to additional training such as our Entrepreneurship for Beginners short course.

During and after your course you’ll be invited to a Skills Bootcamps students and alumni LinkedIn group in which you can network and celebrate your career success with your fellow learners.

Once you’ve finished your Skills Bootcamp you’ll be sent a monthly newsletter with the latest job vacancies and networking events.

As our Skills Bootcamps are fully funded by the Department for Education, there is an expectation that you'll keep in touch with us to let us know about any career progression opportunities you receive after completing the short course. You’ll be provided with a short declaration form to fill out once you've secured new work.

“Completing the Skills Bootcamp definitely helped me get new work and gave me a good starting point for developing my marketing knowledge and skills.”

Cameren, Student, Skills Bootcamp in Digital Marketing

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Read the privacy notice about signing up for these Skills Bootcamps, including how and why your personal data will be collected, and what it will be used for.

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