Posted on:
20th July, 2023

LEP Skills Bootcamps to train hundreds of people in the skills businesses need

York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (Y&NY LEP) is just one of many LEPs across the country running skills programmes - Skills Bootcamps - to meet the demands of local businesses.

LEP Skills Bootcamps to train hundreds of people in the skills businesses need

Y&NY LEP is partnering with specialist providers and leading employers in its  area to deliver a programme of 30 Skills Bootcamps, supporting more than 800 individuals. These Skills Bootcamps are also designed to help businesses develop their own workforce, with up to 90% of all training costs met by Y&NY LEP.

For learners, Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving those who take part the opportunity to build up specific skills and – if they are unemployed or seeking to change career – a fast-track to an interview with an employer looking to recruit new talent.

This current programme of Skills Bootcamps offers a range of courses in areas such as cyber security, game design, programming, forestry, rail engineering and care, and reflects the diverse needs of our local economy.

Peter Emery, Chair of York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Skills and Employability Board, said:

“Skills Bootcamps offer a great way for learners to progress their careers and for employers to gain additional expertise. This latest menu of courses offers an exciting range of opportunities and can be tailored to a company’s actual needs thus making them a very attractive option to many SMEs and micro-businesses.”

Partners delivering Skills Bootcamps in collaboration with Y&NY LEP include Learning Curve Group, City of York Council, Calderdale College, Coders Guild, Corecom Technology Academy, Northern Regeneration CIC, Wakefield College, Hybrid Technical Services, Luminate Education Group and Craven College.

To find out more about Skills Bootcamps, please email: or visit the Skills Bootcamp website: 

Last year, Severfield, the UK’s market leading steel company, put five employees onto a metal fabrication Skills Bootcamp led by Derwent Training, in Malton.

Luke Malton, a steel fabricator and one of the Severfield employees who took part, said:

“I really enjoyed this course. The tasks that we completed over the 12 weeks were very hands on, so it felt like we were thrown in at the deep end at first, but that’s exactly what was needed to make sure we got the most out of the time. I already feel like I have a broader skill set that I can continue to build on during my time here and that will allow me to work on a wider range of jobs.

“Some people might be put off by the idea of taking part in something like this, because it feels like you’re going back into education. But because we were able to complete the training sessions during work hours, it felt a lot more like professional development than teaching.”

Y&NY LEP has secured funding from the Government to deliver the programme, which runs until the end of March 2024