Skills Bootcamps for the self employed to develop Tech, Digital, Coding or Data skills

Available to individuals aged 19+ in the Wider West Midlands

Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving you the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills to help your business grow

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What are Skills Bootcamps?


What pathways are available?


How can Skills Bootcamps help me?


What are the eligibility criteria?




How do I sign up?

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Are you self employed and looking to develop your Tech and Digital skills?

Skills Bootcamps – part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life, can help you gain skills to grow your business.

Receive practical help to develop your Tech, Coding or Digital skills.

A local, low cost alternative to costly courses and programmes. The Development Manager (TDM) coaches offer an Outstanding Quality of Education.

Develop skills to grow your business


Become Tech / Digital Industry Certified

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Programme Pathways

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Data / AI

FAQs and Eligibility

What are Skills Bootcamps?

Skills Bootcamps are short, 16 week programmes of coaching and training. They will support you to develop your Tech and Digital skills, to help grow and develop your business.

There are x4 Pathways participants can choose from:

  • Tech / Cyber
  • Developer
  • Data and AI
  • Marketing / Multimedia

You will have access to ITS, Cisco and Google content. Participants will also have access to a vast library of study materials from O’Reilly.

Eligibility criteria apply.

Who is eligible to sign up?

The TDM team will ask for information from you to check your eligibility for the Bootcamp.

  • How old do I have to be to be on the Bootcamp? You must be 19 years or older
  • What previous qualification restrictions apply? None, unless you already hold one of these certifications or their equivalents
  • Am I allowed to participate on the Bootcamp as well as another educational programme? You are not able to engage with this Bootcamp, and another Government funded educational programme at the same time. This is called “Double Funding”
  • I’m on Restart, am I eligible for your Skills Bootcamps? Yes
  • Can I be employed? Yes
  • Can I be self employed? Yes
  • Am I eligible based on where I live? Residents of the wider West Midlands are eligible for TDM’s Bootcamps (i.e. Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, The West Midlands Combined Authority Area, Shropshire and Staffordshire)
  • What is the outcome of the programme? Participants must be committed to achieving the outcomes of the Bootcamp which if you are self employed, is to providing evidence that the Skills Bootcamps have allowed you to grow and develop your business.
  • What Commitment is required for the programme? As this Bootcamp accesses UK Government funding, there is a strong requirement for commitment from learners to achieve the outcomes of the Bootcamp (see above). Learners must be available to attend the online Training Days, Workshops and Coaching sessions and to do the wider work and reading set by their coaches
  • Where does the Bootcamp take place? On TDM’s online Virtual Learning Environment

What does the programme consist of and what are the commitments?

Download the programme prospectus for a full breakdown of the bootcamp.

Coaching with TDM Performance Development Coach
• Employability support – CV and Interview practice
• Build Showcase ePortfolio
• GROW model of Goal Setting, Reality, Objectives (and Options / Obstacles) and Way forward (or Will)
• Identify actual local employers and opportunities

Up to 16 weeks
60 to 110 guided learning hours
Immediate access to learning library from O’Reilly


You are expected to attend all of the sessions and complete all of your individual learning plan objectives.

How much does it cost?

This Bootcamp is being funded by the Department for Education and there is no charge for eligible learners.

How do I sign up and what is the sign up process?

If you are interested in participating in our Skills Bootcamps, please fill out the expression of interest form below.

Once the expression of interest form has been completed, we will get in touch with you via the contact information you have provided us, to check your eligibility onto the Skills Bootcamps.

After confirmation that you are eligible, Initial Assessments will need to be completed, as well as an Enrolment form.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our team:
0333 10 100 40

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