By Tech East 3 minute read

Since September 2022 New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils have been providing funded Skills Bootcamps, part of the Skills for Life Government strategy.

Working with 12 training providers they now offer over 20 flexible but intense skills programmes mostly based at level 3-5.  Already, over 400 individuals have benefited from gaining new skills or  upskilling to take on more responsibilities within their workplace.

Utilising the recent survey results of the Local Skills Development Plan (LSIP) and skills gaps analysis of the Digital sector, they are working with 5 providers offering programmes that range from Level 3 up to Level 5 in Digital Marketing, Web Development, Full Stack Coding and Data Analysis.

Age is not a barrier!  Le-Anne who works for Ikon Training in Ipswich said ‘My one concern was that having turned 45, it might be hard to find suitable training courses.  People still think that learning stops when you leave school or college – but thankfully my director, Louise, shares my passion for lifelong learning’.  Le-Anne went on to attend the Level 5 Digital Marketing programme run by Anicca Digital and subsequently gained promotion and a pay rise passing her Level 5 qualification (Digital Marketing Institute)

To access Skills Bootcamps, you must be 19+ and for learners not currently in employment, self-employed or working part-time, but wanting to change their career the training is fully funded.  For businesses that are upskilling their employees, there is a small employer contribution.

Skills Bootcamps are ‘employer led’ and there is the flexibility to tailor the training to meet business needs.  Spicerhaart, an independent residential sales and lettings organisation were able to take advantage of this.  They were looking to improve their internal technical expertise, specifically coding and development, but was not looking for a complicated, costly recruitment process to hire a new developer. Instead, they wanted to upskill an existing team member that had a strong passion for coding and had already impressed with their work ethic within the organisation. Working with Netmatters they formulated a bespoke programme and at the end of training Chantal Hutchinson (Group IT Services) said ‘I’m pleased to say on completion of the course our IT ServiceDesk analyst had the tools to support them and progress onto a Junior Developer role’   The learner Marc Englefield commented ‘I will always recommend this course to other budding up & coming developers!’

So, how can you as a business benefit?  Let New Anglia LEP know of any vacancies you are looking to fill as they have job ready skilled individuals seeking employment.  No agency fees!  Let them know if you want to upskill one of your own staff.  Email

You can view all the programmes available along with case studies at: Skills Bootcamps – New Anglia