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Skills Bootcamps – progress your career for FREE

City College will soon be delivering fully funded courses as part of the government’s Skills Bootcamps initiative.

The College has been awarded funding to offer free courses to adults in green construction, core digital and IT skills, and digital skills for the healthcare sector, with some bootcamps suitable for those looking to start a new career, whilst others are designed to upskill current employees*. Courses will run for a maximum of 16 weeks and will be delivered part-time.

The bootcamps to be offered at City College are as follows (see below for more details about each course or click on the bootcamp title to download more information):
Core Digital & IT Skills
Digital Skills for Care Workers
Green Skills Retrofit Academy.

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Core Digital & IT Skills

What is this course?
This programme is a bespoke level 4 course based on IBM’s recommended range of key skills critical for working in the IoT (Internet of Things) sector, which will equip people with the skills and knowledge to be able to design and implement a web-based application which would act as a knowledge base for IoT security issues.

What will I learn?
The course content is set out below.

Application design – a software development life cycle approach would be used to structure the whole process, including UI/UX design.

Application development – a web program application would be developed with a range of functionality developing students’ programming skills.

Security – the content of the web application would be focused on IoT security, giving students the opportunity to research and develop their knowledge on this important area. Also, there are a range of secure programming techniques and concepts which would be built into the development of the application and storage of data.

Data and artificial intelligence (AI) – storage of data will be essential for the web application. This will involve understanding data storage models as well as the security implications for such data, including legal requirements.

Who is it for?
This particular academy is designed for people who are unemployed or looking to change careers and start working in IT.

What are the study requirements?
The course will be delivered in-person at the Kings Road campus. You will need to attend one day a week with lectures lasting six hours. In addition to the face-to-face sessions, students will be asked to commit to at least 20 hours of self-study in their own time.

Digital Skills for Care Workers

What is this course?
This programme is based on the NCFE IT User qualification focusing on a range of relevant bespoke units which will equip people with the skills and knowledge to be able to utilise handheld units (for example, running Person Centred Software’s Care Delivery app) efficiently, safely and effectively to update and monitor care clients’ records.

What will I learn?
The course will cover a number of level 3 units, which will be certificated, to understand the broader context of digital technology in a people-facing environment. Additionally, the programme will include practical sessions covering the use of handheld devices used in the care sector which care assistants and other staff use increasingly when working with clients (monitoring medication, fluid intake, exercise, etc.)

Who is it for?
This particular academy is primary designed for people working in the care sector to support the use of more advanced technology.

What are the study requirements?
The course will be delivered in-person at the Kings Road campus. You will need to attend one day a week with lectures lasting six hours. In addition to the face-to-face sessions, students will be asked to commit to at least 20 hours of self-study in their own time.

Green Skills Retrofit Academy

What is this course?
This course aims to equip people with the skills and knowledge to start their journey to becoming a retrofit technician. The programme is based on Retrofit Academy qualification with additional elements from the construction T Level.

What will I learn?
Course content will take a theoretical and practical approach covering a wide range of topics including health and safety, explanation (and breakdown) of jargon, context of PAS 2035 compliance, installation processes, materials used and future developments (including emerging technology). The course will utilise the College’s state-of-the-art facilities at City College Plymouth where students can apply theoretical knowledge learnt through the award to skills required onsite and gain a physical knowledge of the materials used in the retrofit process as well as some of the challenges they may face when it comes to installation.

The course will also cover drone operation and certification.

Who is it for?
This academy is primarily for people who are already working in the construction industry who want to upskill and move into a specialist area of construction like retrofit; but it might be suitable for those who are unemployed and wish to improve their CV. It is expected that attendees will already have a range of hand skills appropriate to the role, though each applicant will be assessed and accepted on the course on the basis of their skills & knowledge

What are the study requirements?
The course will be delivered in-person at the Kings Road campus. You will need to attend one day a week with lectures lasting six hours. In addition to the face-to-face sessions, students will be asked to commit to at least 20 hours of self-study in their own time.

Employers looking to offer bootcamps as staff training will be asked to make a financial contribution – 30% of the cost for large employers and 10% for small and medium employers. Bootcamps are free to those who are self-employed or unemployed.