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Skills Bootcamps

Question for Department for Education

UIN 68268, tabled on 2 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the success rate of the Skills Bootcamp scheme in increasing employment among participants.

Answered on

8 November 2021

We anticipate that approximately 16,000 Skills Bootcamps places will be provided in this financial year, backed by £43 million from the National Skills Fund, and the department plans to continue expanding the programme with the new investment, which was announced at Budget this October.

The process evaluation, published last month, concluded that Skills Bootcamps were well received by all involved and that there is overwhelming support for Skills Bootcamps to continue. In addition, the learner survey indicated that nearly four-in-five (79%) were satisfied with their course overall.

The outcome data, which the department plans to publish soon, will give a much fuller picture, including the number of people who participated in Skills Bootcamps and the positive outcomes that the Skills Bootcamps have already delivered, preparing adults to take on new, skilled jobs.

Skills Bootcamps are available across all nine regions of England. Local areas and Skills Bootcamps providers encourage uptake of Skills Bootcamps courses through targeted marketing, ensuring that participation represents the diversity of the local population. In addition, in the new year the department plans to launch a new campaign to help people access the skills they need to get the job they want, whatever their stage in life. The campaign will aim to raise awareness and boost understanding of skills offers among adults, including Skills Bootcamps, which will help to maximise uptake amongst adults across the country.