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Skills Bootcamp

Fully funded and part funded 16-week accredited Digital Skills courses for employed, self-employed and unemployed people living or working in the Tees Valley.

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Start date: 18 October. Applications close: 7 October. Places are limited

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. They are being developed by the Government as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, and available to anybody living or working in the Tees Valley.

Skills Bootcamps are being delivered in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities, to help people gain skills for life, help support skills demands in their local area, and ultimately to help people get a better job.

Participants are only able to study one bootcamp from the consortium which will be the course that starts first.

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Teesside University is partnering with industry to deliver Skills Bootcamps in the areas of UI/UX for Games, Data Analytics and Visualisation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Creative Producer Production Management and Digital Marketing Content Creation. Designed with industry to provide you with the skills that employers need, each learner will receive four to six hours of tuition each week delivered by experienced academics from Teesside University and our industry partners.

Most of the Skills Bootcamp will be delivered online to ensure our learners can access the course easily. Each Bootcamp will also include a bespoke employability programme culminating with an interview for a job or internship, where required. Upon successful completion of any of our Skills Bootcamps, you will receive a University Certificate in Professional Development (UCPD) at Level 4, 30 credits.

Skills for life Institute of Coding Funded by Department of Education Teesside University Tees Valley Combined Authority

Supporting you to develop the skills you need

As part of the Bootcamp you will benefit from a bespoke employability programme delivered by our specialist careers team - supporting you to develop industry knowledge, build your network and improve your confidence.

If you are unemployed, employed (sponsorship by your current employer is required), self-employed looking to develop your skills on one of the Skills Bootcamps below, or if you are an employer looking to support your staff develop their skills, please register your interest as soon as you can as places are limited.

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Costs and eligibility

Skills Bootcamps will be provided at no cost for learners who meet the eligibility criteria and are accepted onto a course. However, you are only able to take part in one bootcamp from the consortium.

Employers will need to financially support their employees who wish to upskill through the Skills Bootcamps, which will include those proposed by their employer or those wishing to complete the course. A discount is available per employee which is dependent on the size of your organisation and these range from 30% to 90% (£1,050 to £3,150).

Eligibility criteria


Application are still open for Tees Valley - please apply as soon as possible.

Creative Producing Production Management

Creative Producing Production Management

This Bootcamp gives you the foundation to maximise each and every project that you work on, to bring your creative vision to life. You will develop the skills required to manage a creative project from inception through to the finished stages of production.

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Digital Marketing Content Production and Campaigns

Digital Marketing Content Production and Campaigns

This Bootcamp develops the skills you need to create content for promotional campaigns across multiple platforms, from short videos for customer communications and sales, to graphic posts for social media campaigns and recruitment.

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Data Analytics and Visualisation: from Advanced Excel to PowerBI

Data Analytics and Visualisation: from Advanced Excel to PowerBI

This Skills Bootcamp develops your skills in data analytics, reporting and visualisation looking at a range of different solutions from Advanced Excel to PowerBI.

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Fundamentals of Digital Marketing

Fundamentals of Digital Marketing

This Bootcamp is relevant for businesses across all sectors and will provide the basic skills and knowledge required to design, develop, execute, and evaluate a full suite of digital marketing activities. Increase engagement with your target audience, grow brand awareness, generate leads and improve your conversion rates.

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Introduction to AI: from Coding to Machine Learning

Introduction to AI: from Coding to Machine Learning

This Bootcamp develops skills required to run AI processes and support business needs. Specifically, how to automate business processes, gain insight through data analysis and engage with customers and employees.

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Strategies for a Sustainable and Circular Economy

Strategies for a Sustainable and Circular Economy

Learn how to implement circular design principals, and develop a business model considering materials, data and supply models. The circular economy has the potential to trigger far-reaching change and achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

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UI/UX Design for Games

UI/UX Design for Games

This 16-week Skills Bootcamp focuses on delivering UI/UX fundamentals that are highly sought after in the video game industry, and many other sectors looking for UI/UX designers. You learn the building blocks and best practices of UI and UX with the emphasis on video games - one of the fastest growing and largest industries.

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Eligibility and prerequisites

Eligibility criteria for all learners

In order to qualify for this no-cost training, learners need to:

  • Live or work in the Tees Valley
  • Be aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Agree to provide mandatory personal data and supplementary information on their employment outcomes for up to 8 months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp
  • Be looking for a new role, new opportunities
  • Looking for increased responsibility / promotion to a different role which utilises the skills acquired through their Skills Bootcamp within 6 months of completion of the course (This relates to employed learners who are supported by their current employer)
  • Meet the requirements and/or prerequisites for the specific skills Bootcamp, select the bootcamp for more information
  • Study one bootcamp from the consortium
  • Need to commit to 4 hours of online study and self study each week

Eligibility criteria for free course

  • unemployed within the last 12 months, or
  • self-employed, or
  • employed in an unrelated job looking for a new role or additional responsibilities within your current employer, utilising skills learnt
  • be in the last 3 months of full time education.

You can only take part in one bootcamp with the IOC which Teesside University are a partner.

Course costs

Skills Bootcamps will be provided at no cost for learners who meet the eligibility criteria and are accepted by a Skills Bootcamp provider onto a specific programme.

Employers who wish to upskill existing employees who are recommended or individual applications, to study a Skills Bootcamp will receive a discount From the standard programme fee which is dependent on the size of your organisation. Discounts range from 30% to 90% (£1,050-£3,150)

You will need to provide both a CV and your 90 second selfie video letting us know your current skills and why you want to complete the Skills Bootcamp, during the application form process.

Please make sure to provide these within the application process or forward by email to as we won't be able to review your application without them.

You will notified within 1 month of our panel's decision regarding your application.

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The Skills Bootcamps will provide learners with best-in-class digital skills education and deliver resilient pathways to work, with learners receiving the opportunity to interview with an employer upon the successful completion of their Skills Bootcamp.

*The Institute of Coding (IoC) is a collaborative national consortium of industry, educators and outreach providers that are working together to respond to the UK's digital skills gap through the delivery of employer-led digital skills education. The IoC consortium, which is led by the University of Bath, was recently announced by Government as a provider for the Department for Education's (DfE) Skills Bootcamps.