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FREE courses in green construction and welding to help adults develop in-demand skills that lead to higher-paid roles within growing sectors.

Part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee to help everyone gain skills for life. Our Skills Bootcamps are shaped with employers to respond to their skills shortages and are aimed at those aged 19+ who are:

  • unemployed
  • self-employed
  • returning to work or 
  • independent learners looking to advance their skills into higher-paid employment in sectors and jobs that are more resilient to changing economic conditions.

Welding Bootcamps

Discover the perfect welding course tailored for individuals seeking to master highly sought-after welding skills, whether at beginner or advanced level. Our comprehensive program is designed to equip you with the expertise required to meet the ever-growing demand in the manufacturing industry, opening doors to a rewarding career as a skilled welder.

Regardless of your prior experience in welding, our course is suitable for both novices and professionals already working in the sector. Embrace the opportunity to embark on a transformative journey and unlock your potential in the world of welding.

The Bootcamps will start in January 2024.

We are running an Introduction to Welding Skills Bootcamp and an Advanced Welding Skills Bootcamp.

The following topics will be covered:

  • health and safety in an engineering environment
  • correct use of MMA/MIG welding via an augmented reality welder
  • Correct use of MMA/MIG welding equipment
  • intro to TIG welding
  • using welding equipment to carry out different types of welded joints
  • employability suite of online learning.

On successful completion of the Bootcamp, you will have an interview with a local engineering/manufacturing company.

Green Skills and Retrofit Bootcamp

This Skills Bootcamp is focused on developing greater knowledge of the retrofit agenda. Upon successful completion, you will gain a Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit.

This is a 60 hour course delivered over six weeks via blended learning, which includes a mix of in-person sessions at the College’s state-of-the-art green skills construction facility and online learning.

The Bootcamp will start in January 2024.

The course will include training on:

  • understanding and use of thermography equipment to survey and understand building construction
  • external wall insulation
  • loft insulation
  • heat pumps
  • assessing for retrofit
  • surveying and building pathology in retrofit
  • upskilling on low-carbon technologies
  • PVs, solar hot water heating, battery storage
  • experience drone surveying and thermal imaging, and if successful, gain a CAA drone flyers ID.

Students will have access to a suite of online learning modules which can be selected from, according to an individual’s needs, to work through at a pace that suits outside of classroom hours.

At the end of the course, all students will complete an assessment and be awarded a NOCN Certificate from the Retrofit Academy.

Interview with a local employer

Upon successful completion of the course we will arrange for you to attend a job interview with a local employer. This will give you the opportunity to showcase a portfolio which will be created as part of your course and with your new skills, you will be able to stand out against other candidates being interviewed for the live vacancy.


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Are you an employer looking to upskill your employees?

Whether you want to know how much an apprentice earns or what qualifications an appreciate could get, we have the answers!

  • developing a loyal and talented workforce with the skills you need quickly
  • futureproofing your business in a rapidly changing labour market
  • improving your productivity; students are motivated to learn new skills, provide new ideas and a fresh perspective.

If you are interested in using Skills Bootcamps to upskill current employees, you will be expected to contribute to the cost of training. Large employers will contribute 30% of the cost, and small or medium employers (SMEs – fewer than 250 staff) will contribute 10%.

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Employers: Call our Employer Solutions team

Get in touch for more information by calling 01752 305026.


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