The last places available on this programme are being filled with pilot funding coming to an end on July 31st

Please contact us if you have any interest in this programme to retrain your employees or as a learner to explore options available.

Get Ahead in Digital Transformation

Tech and digital coaching support Bootcamps for adults, fully funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority

 

  • Reskill yourself whilst furloughed

  • Reskill your teams to enable digital transformation in your business

  • Gain key digital skills and become indispensable to your employer

  • Improve your employability through improved tech and digital skills

  • Boost your employability skills

  • Kickstart your IT career

  • Become a sought after candidate for an apprenticeship

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From Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands:

“Given the huge numbers of people staying at home due to the Coronavirus, now is a good opportunity for people to consider learning new digital skills.

At no cost to them, residents across the region can pick-up new skills such as data analysis, cyber security, and digital marketing. Given the digital age we are in, skills like these could be vital for the jobs of the future.”

What are the Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcamps all about?

Help companies acquire and develop the important digital skills they need

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Help employees reskill to meet the new tech and digital demands of the workplace

Help the unemployed secure work and apprenticeship roles by developing their digital skills

The Development Manager (TDM) has secured funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority to pilot these coaching support Bootcamps. Digital technologies continue to advance rapidly with new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, 5G Networks and the Internet of Things changing the workplace and therefore, the requirements of the workforce.

Get Ahead in Digital Transformation is a 6 month GROW Coaching Bootcamp, supporting employed people to add new digital accountabilities to their roles or to help unemployed people secure new roles with digital accountabilities. As part of the GAiDT programme, learners can engage with tech and digital Bootcamps that will each take a minimum of 3 months to improve their knowledge and skills in the area. 

With this funding and the Bootcamps on offer we aim to help grow the regional economy by enabling businesses to harness this technologies through improved skills in the workforce, helping people move from jobs roles that are dwindling into new jobs roles that are booming. 

Courses available on Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcamps

digital marketing apprentice

Digital Transformation

network engineer apprentice

Software Development - Back End (Java)

infrastructure technician apprentice

Cyber and Information Security

digital and technology solutions professional apprentice

Digital Marketing

Software Development - Front End (CSS & HTML)

software development apprentices

Building and Maintaining IT Networks

digital and technology solutions professional apprentice

Database Management

What will I achieve on the Bootcamps?

The outcomes we aim to achieve for the Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcamps are:

  • Someone who is is in employment obtaining a revised employment contract or job specification where they take on new digital accountabilities, responsibilities or tasks
  • Someone who isn’t in employment obtaining a new job (including apprenticeships) which includes digital accountabilities, responsibilities or tasks

All learners will work with one of our Professional Development Coaches, receiving professional development coaching on a GROW Model to help identify goals and work toward them. If agreed with one of our Professional Development Coaches, there will also be the opportunity to take Professional Development Courses on the following areas:

  • Communicating for success
  • Working effectively as a team
  • Assertiveness and confidence
  • Being an effective employee

The Bootcamps include the opportunity to work toward achieving the following certifications:

Digital Transformation

This Bootcamp has been created by TDM and will result in an certification from us as a training provider.

Cyber and Information Security

Learners on the Bootcamp can go on to take the exam to achieve the MTA 98-367 Security Fundamentals certificate

Building and Maintaining IT Networks

Learners on the Bootcamp can go on to take the exams to achieve the CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and 220-1002 certificates

Software Development – Back End (Java)

Learners on the Bootcamp can go on to take the exam to achieve the MTA 98-388 Introduction to Programming Using Java certificate

Digital Marketing

Learners on the Bootcamp can be supported to achieve the Google Garage Fundamentals of Digital Marketing certificate

Database Management

Learners on the Bootcamp can go on to take the exam to achieve the MTA 98-364 Database Administration Fundamentals certificate

Register your interest in our Bootcamps

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to sign up for the Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcamps?

The aims of TDM’s Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcamps are aligned to the skills development needs of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Success of the Bootcmaps will be when:

  • Someone who is is in employment obtains a revised employment contract or job specification where they take on new digital accountabilities, responsibilities or tasks
  • someone who isn’t in employment obtains a new job (including apprenticeships) which includes digital accountabilities, responsibilities or tasks

Therefore, the main eligibility criteria is that learners are able to achieve either of these outcomes. This is assessed through the application process.

Note – if someone is seeking a new role or apprenticeship as a result of the programme, TDM coaches will support them to approach an employer and secure a commitment to a job interview at the first stages of the programme. 

The other eligibility criteria are that learners must:

  • be 18 years old and over
  • be a resident in the West Midlands Combined Authority in one of the following areas:
    • Birmingham, Solihull, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Bromsgrove, Sandwell, Walsall, North Warwickshire, Stratford-on-Avon, Dudley, Lichfield, Tamworth, Redditch, Warwick, Coventry, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, East Staffordshire, Wyre Forest, Wolverhampton and Cannock Chase
  • be a British Citizen
  • be earning less than £30,000 per year
  • not have a qualification at the same level or higher in the same subject(s) they wish to take on the programme
    • e.g. someone with a Level 3 Digital Marketing qualification would not be able to take the Digital Marketing Course but they would be able to take the Cyber and Information Security course

These are the only criteria for these fully funded Bootcamps. The Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcampsis therefore open to the self-employed.

What is the duration of the Bootcamps? How long does each Bootcamp take?

The Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcamps means that each learner will receive 6 months of GROW Coaching support to achieve the objectives of the initiative.

During this 6 months of support, learners can engage in Bootcamps to develop their Tech and Digital Skills and Knowledge. Each of these Bootcamps will last a minimum of 3 months.This will depend on:

  • how many Bootcamps they have chosen to take
  • on their motivation to self-study
  • their ability
  • their availability
  • whether they need to or choose to take the exam at the end of each Bootcamp

Bootcamps comprises of 3 separate modules, 1 run per month and so a learner would take at least 3 months to complete a Bootcamps. Each module has 1 opt-in virtual seminar (delivered during work time) with a recommended minimum of 6 hours guided independent study, using materials that learners will have access to on our Virtual Learning Environment.

All participants will have a 2 hour orientation on joining the Bootcamps and monthly GROW Coaching sessions of up to an hour in work time.

If participants choose to take the Bootcamps, depending on how many they take, they can be engaged with concurrently or consecutively.

The Bootcamps are mostly roll on, roll off meaning that learners can join modules as they start rather than waiting for a whole Bootcamp to start again.

The optional Professional Development Courses that your Professional Development Coach may recommend are delivered via 6 hours of virtual seminar.

How much does the Bootcamp cost?

The Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcamp is fully funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority and is therefore free to learners and their employers, if in work. 

The Bootcamp is fully funded by the West Midlands Combined Authorities to work towards its skills aims for the region

How do I sign up to the Bootcamp? What's the process?

The process is very straightforward with two forms to fill in, however due to the commitment of the Bootcamps we think it would be good to have a chat with us first. We can talk you through what the Bootcamps will entail and the work you will need to do. You can get in touch at enquiries@tdm.co.uk or give us a call on 0333 10 100 40.

If however, you’ve had a good read and you are convinced that you want to take part in the Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcamps, good for you! Just fill out this short Application Form* and send it back to us at enquiries@tdm.co.uk. We will check the form and see if you are eligible for the Bootcamps. If so, we’ll send you another quick form, just to confirm your commitment to the Bootcamps and then we can get you started. 

Note – if someone is seeking a new role or apprenticeship as a result of the programme, TDM coaches will support them to approach an employer and secure a commitment to a job interview at the first stages of the programme.

* The information we will gather through the process is required by the West Midlands Combined Authority to measure the success of the Bootcamps and by ourselves to monitor data related to the applicants we engage with in terms of ethnicity and disability status. The information you provide will only be used to help us monitor participation in the wider community. You can find our equality and diversity and privacy policies on our website: https://thedevelopmentmanager.com/policies/

Can I enrol on the Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcamps if I am self-employed?

Yes, so long as you meet the eligibility criteria:

  • 18 years old and over
  • A resident in the West Midlands Combined Authority, in one of these areas:
    • Birmingham, Solihull, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Bromsgrove, Sandwell, Walsall, North Warwickshire, Stratford-on-Avon, Dudley, Lichfield, Tamworth, Redditch, Warwick, Coventry, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, East Staffordshire, Wyre Forest, Wolverhampton and Cannock Chase
  • A British Citizen
  • Earning less than £30,000 per year
  • Do not have a qualification at the same level or higher in the same subject(s) they wish to take on the Programme
    • e.g. if you have a Level 3 Digital Marketing qualification, you would not be able to take the Digital Marketing Course but you would be able to take the Cyber and Information Security course
  • You can evidence adding digital accountabilities to your work as a result of being on the Bootcamps

What Courses can I choose to go on as part of the Bootcamps?

Currently, TDM are offering six different Bootcamps as part of the Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcamps with more in development. Each of these has an assigned credit value and a learner may choose up to 40 credits’ worth of Bootcamps. A learner does not have to choose the full 40 credits’ worth if they do not wish. 

  • Digital Transformation – 10 credits
  • Cyber and Information Security – 10 credits
  • Software Development – Back End (Java) – 10 credits
  • Digital Marketing – 10 credits
  • Database Management – 10 credits
  • Building and Maintaining IT Networks* – 30 credits

For example, a learner may choose to take Digital Transformation and Building and Maintaining IT Networks only or Digital Transformation, Digital Marketing, Database Management and Cyber and Information Security. 

* This Bootcamp is more substantial than the others with learners potentially able to take the 2 exams to achieve a CompTIA A+ certification. 

What support will I get on the Bootcamps?

Each learner will receive support mainly from our Professional Development Coaches who will help keep learners motivated with the required self-study as well as working on the regular GROW coaching sessions that will help learners identify and achieve goals. For learners seeking a new role or apprenticeship as a result of the programme, Professional Development Coaches will support them to approach an employer and secure a commitment to a job interview at the first stages of the programme.

Our Skills and Knowledge Coaches will help learners with the technical knowledge during e-moderated training and each learner will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and the full range of study material the Bootcamps and certifications require. 

I want my team / employees to enrol on the Bootcamps, how much time would they spend "out of the office"?

In the current COVID-19 emergency, there will be many employees who are “furloughed” with employers utilising the Government’s scheme to cover 80% of salary costs. The Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Bootcamps provides an ideal opportunity for employees to reskill during this time, to add value to their employers when back at work. 

Others, whilst working from home will still be in effect “in the office” and employers will rightly want to know how much “out of office” time these Bootcamps may take. 

The Bootcamps themselves will support learners using a GROW Coaching Model for 6 Months. This is to support learners to achieve the desired outcomes. As part of the Bootcamps, learners can take 40 credits’ worth of Tech and Digital Courses. 

Each Bootcamp is estimated to take a minimum of 3 months, and comprises of 3 Modules. Each Module comprises of 1 x 6 hour Virtual Seminar that takes place during working hours and a recommended minimum of 6 hours of guided independent study that learners will commit to due their own time.

At the start of the Bootcamps, each learner will attend a 2 hour orientation and engage with 1 GROW Coaching session per month that would last up to 1 hour. These would also take place during working hours. 

If agreed with their Professional Development Coach and learners wanted to engage with the Professional Development Courses, then any of these would require 6 hours of e-moderated training that would take place during working hours. 

 

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