SKILLS BOOTCAMPS
CASE STUDIES

Meet our Skills Bootcamps Graduates

Find out how our graduates came across the Skills Bootcamps, how it impacted their career and how are they planning to continue their learning in the future. 

Jack, Software Testing Trainee

Skills Bootcamp outcome: Got a job in Software Testing!

‘I also felt I could ask for help from Purple Beard at anytime. The follow up call I recieved after the course was also ensuring to know that they could offer help me to find opportunities elsewhere.’

I found the software testing bootcamp through LinkedIn, advertising for people looking to upskill and retrain. I had previously searched for jobs during the 1st pandemic lockdown and a lot of job posts asked for an ISTQB qualification I did not have. The Purplebeard Testing bootcamp offered the me the chance to get an ISTQB qualification whilst I was still able to work my job. This along with the bootcamp being free, was a no brainer for me to join.

After the bootcamp I was able to take what I learnt and implement it as part of my previous role. It helped me gain confidence it testing and helped me become more efficient. I was also able to gain a further ISTQB qualification outside of the bootcamp, thanks to extra training provided on the course.

All of this gave me more confidence in previous role and lead me to being recruited to a new company where software testing is now my full time role.

I learnt a lot of the terminology for the role I was in during the course. It turned out I actually already did a lot of things right but just didn’t know the correct terminology.

The course also helped me to learn different approaches and the fundamental foundations and principles. Overall ensuring I follow these to improve the quality of my work.

Once I completed the bootcamp I was able to take the ISTQB Agile extension exam as a result of the training provided on the course. I passed thanks to the being able to revisist our online classes. Now I have progressed into a new role where I hope to learn even more.

I thought the support was quite helpful. Being given continued access to training materials after the last lesson for a period of time was very helpful. I also felt I could ask for help from purplebeard at anytime. The follow up call I recieved after the course was also ensuring to know that they could offer help me to find opportunities elsewhere.

My favourite thing was learning something I enjoyed again from an expert that is passionate about what they teach. This made the experience so much better.

Tishanna, Coding Trainee

Skills Bootcamp outcome: Got a job as Teaching Assistant at Purple Beard and has recently progressed into a Team Leader role.

‘The Bootcamp reawakened a love for coding (which I had put down for 15 years) (…) After the Bootcamp, I continued my project studies and was contacted about the opportunity to be a Teaching assistant for the current Bootcamp.’

I saw an advert for the Bootcamp after I had been made redundant and was making a decision about starting a new career (project management in digital spaces).

After the Bootcamp, I continued my project studies and was contacted about the opportunity to be a Teaching Assistant for the current Bootcamp.

The Bootcamp reawakened a love for coding (which I had put down for 15 years). The skills I have learned are currently helping me to assist other people learning how to code using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

I think coding is a profession that requires continuous learning and there will always be something that you don’t know but the Bootcamp has definitely given me a functional understanding of code. One invaluable thing I learned from bootcamp was how to search for help and where to look.

The Linked-In visibility session was really good and completing the bootcamp afforded me the opportunity to work with Purple Beard as a TA.

I was able to learn from the comfort of my own home and videos were available for playback so if I fell behind, I could go back and access the teaching again.

Francesca, Data Analysis Trainee

Skills Bootcamp outcome: Applies new skills at her job

‘I am taking my education further because of the Bootcamp, to pursue an MSc in Data Science and Data Analysis in November 2021, with a specific focus on statistical data analysis with R programming and Python.’

I work with datasets, and this data is generated from surveys and forms which I also plan, design, and implement.  I mostly provide, plan, design and implement digital learning and now solutions to enable co-workers to meet their departmental targets and the overall company strategic objectives.  I transform and cleanse my dynamic datasets using Power Query Excel, but I also have static CSV data.

I was looking for a solution, as sometimes Power Query can be time consuming, and came across R programming and Python, and then found Skills Bootcamp and Purple Beard – Introduction to Data Analysis, R programming and Python.  Their website was informative and that’s what piqued my interest.

It has really made me more aware of the vast amounts of data out there, and what statistical data analysis is.  I look at my data both holistically and statistically these days!  This Bootcamp has enabled me to do so from a statistical perspective.  It’s no longer a chore to provide a report/explanation, I really enjoy exploring my data and using my newly acquired skills to do so.

I use the R Studio environment wherever I can.  I’m constantly thinking of tasks that R could perform, so I don’t lose my skills albeit beginner skills (plus it gives me an excuse to use it!).  From cleansing initially…to analysis eventually…  I understand where this could fit in with my job role, and I’m constantly looking for possible project opportunities that may benefit ProVQ at some stage.

I am currently, predominately, using R programming to cleanse my datasets, and data from co-workers.  Just recently, a task that would have taken my colleague days to complete by copying and pasting into an Excel document, has taken me a few hours.  I’m a beginner, so granted, it takes time for me to write a script that will effectively cleanse data and comfortably export into a format that my colleagues can use, both quickly and efficiently.  A simple script, but a script nonetheless!  And it provides me with an opportunity to improve my R scripting as a result.

Therefore, looking at the whole process and the impact of supporting ProVQ, I’ve indirectly impacted on my colleague’s time; freeing them from more laborious and time-consuming tasks and enabling them to focus on their main job role and task at hand, which of course then saves the company money, as the time paid in wages to that member of staff can be used doing more specialist things rather than manipulating data.

I am taking my education further because of the Bootcamp, to pursue an MSc in Data Science and Data Analysis in November 2021, with a specific focus on statistical data analysis with R programming and Python.

Just a few challenges and not an exhaustive list…

  1. Finding Talent/Skills Gap – talent being the main driver of execution and innovation.
  2. Information Security (including data privacy, storage, and management) – GDPR.
  3. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning – (as mentioned above) freeing colleagues from laborious and time-consuming tasks, enabling them to focus on their job role and task at hand.
  1. By providing the subjects/topics in a course that I was interested in.
  2. By providing clear joining instructions and offering other sessions outside of the topic area, for example, Mental Health, etc…
  3. By providing high quality relevant industry training from highly qualified individuals who work in the industry, and subsequently, those individuals/trainers who provided timely feedback on any project or piece of work that was submitted.  Their enthusiasm for their topic/subject is contagious, as is their support.  
  4. By fitting in with your own work and home commitments and providing a means of viewing recordings and accessing materials you may have missed (I found this particularly useful).
  5. By providing a platform of communication during and after Bootcamp.  Communication was clear, concise, consistent, and effective, on the platform Purple Beard use. 
  6. By staying in contact after the course and providing all the relevant written resources to do so.

So, I always need to contextualise any training I do.  If it does not help me in my current job role, or it is not relevant, then I don’t need it now.  I always ask myself these questions…

  1. What do I need to do?
  2. How could I do it?
  3. What skills do I need to be able to do it?
  4. Would this benefit me?
  5. Would this benefit others?

Juliana, Data Analysis Trainee

I heard about bootcamps on the government website and I decided to do it because I thought it was a good opportunity to learn the skills I need fast and get a better job.

 

I am planning to progress after the bootcamp doing more courses online. The bootcamp helped me giving a general vision of data analysis and start in this area, giving the skills I need to have a chance to get a better job.

Excell, Python, SQL, Power BI, data analysis. I can apply all to my future roles. I can see all job descriptions ask experience with these.

 

I think the bootcamp gave me a general knowledge of data analysis. I will need additional training/ learning in the field to progress. I think the bootcamp could be more time, I do not think it is enough and I think it was a little hard to understand. Things could be explained better.

Mentoring and employability support is essential to help people looking for jobs with interviews. Have knowledge is not enough, people need help to express themselves during interviews. I am disappointed that it was cancelled and the teacher did not appear to some classes and we were not informed before that it would not happen. I am disappointed that I was given incorrect information about a job interview, I lost the job opportunity because of this.




My favourite thing is that I do not need to travel anywhere and I can make questions during the class and be answered at the same time. 



My advice is keep learning and improving skills. Future learners should pay attention from the start because later lessons depend on previous lessons.




Ye, Data Analysis Trainee

‘I am taking my education further because of the Bootcamp, to pursue an MSc in Data Science and Data Analysis in November 2021, with a specific focus on statistical data analysis with R programming and Python.’

I have a STEM PhD qualification and moved back in UK at the end of 2019. I couldn’t work till I got my visa. During my career gap, I was looking at opportunities in the tech field. Thanks to big data, some algorithm must have deduced what I was looking for and kept recommending me the latest bootcamps. The whole process is really interesting, which raised my curiosity about data analytics and data science even more. 

I am studying data skills every day, before and after the bootcamp, including taking a variety of online courses. I have a very strong self-learning capability, which allows me to design my learning path and find out my knowledge gaps. However, self-learning is not enough, everyone needs a network where people support each other, especially in my case where I have a career gap and joined a new field. The bootcamp very much helped me in these aspects.

The technical skills taught by the bootcamp, such as statistics, advanced Excel, Python, SQL, provided the foundation. I am still practising these fundamental tools and applying them in real life. In my role as a volunteer, for example, I am using data visualisation skills on the dataset of a local charity.

My case is a little unique. Although I have self-teaching skills, what I was looking for was the opportunity to focus on networking with tech professionals and interact with other peers. But I believe for a learner who needs motivation and support, joining a bootcamp could definitely benefit them. 

The staff working on mentoring and employability are friendly and supportive during the employability training sessions. They give lots of useful suggestions on CV and interviews, and they update people with the latest job vacancies.

Compared with self-paced courses, virtual learning definitely provides more interactions and gives learners instant replies, including those answered on the team call, and all the learners study together, which feels like being back at school.

Please do some preparation before you join the bootcamp and install all the software you need ahead of time. And don’t hesitate to bring your questions to the class.

Adam, Data Analysis Trainee

Skills Bootcamp outcome: Got a job as Teaching Assistant at Purple Beard!

Wanted to learn some skills!

It set a great curriculum to give me useful and relevant learning goals.

Keep learning and studying, hopefully a job will come up that will enable me to get a foothold in the industry

The initial hurdle and barrier to entry is high.  Most people seem to feel that jobs in purely tech roles are attainable after a year of study.

I was given a great curriculum and support for the first 3 months of that year!

Get started.  It’s a long journey and the material isn’t going to learn itself.

Fathima, Data Analysis Trainee

Skills Bootcamp outcome: Got a job at NHS as a Digital Services Training Officer!

‘I would like to switch my career in data analysis. This Bootcamp inspired me to explore more into this. My future goal is to become a  data analyst.’

I am working as a part-time ICT teacher and looking for a career change. I am passionate in learning data analysis and this Bootcamp give help us on a step further in their chosen career paths.

The staff and tutors are professional, and they are amazing and helpful. They are encouraging and supportive. They are knowledgeable about the subject areas. We entered a python exam at the end of boot camp. Their study materials really helped me to pass the python exam with a good score.

I got an opportunity to gain new skills through this bootcamp. The course covered lots of topics from advanced Excel, R, and Python. This will help in my teaching and to become a confident user of ICT in the classroom

The new skills reignite my technical skills and helped me to learn more and will apply my new skills in my job.

I would like to switch my career in data analysis. This bootcamp inspired me to explore more into this. My future goal is to become a  data analyst.

We need to update our technical skills, good communication skills and talent.

Purple Beard helped me to learn a lot, they’re a very good starting point to switch my career and helps to find out a new way for my future.

We need to keep learning and improve your technical skills.

Krithika, Data Analysis Trainee

‘I would highly recommend a Skills Bootcamp as the whole of the learning process is in a structured format with all the support and with the right resources.’

I found the Skills Bootcamp to be an amazing opportunity to upskill myself to restart my career after a long career gap. The added advantage being the online lessons and pre-recorded sessions for people with family and work life. 

The Skills Bootcamp has helped me learn new applications and software languages and has given me the confidence to apply for jobs. Through this Skills Bootcamp, I acquired the knowledge, idea and understanding of the main technical skills needed in order to get into a tech job.

My future aspirations are to find a job and achieve my career goal, upskill myself with other applications and technologies with a constant improvement. 

The challenges of entering a tech sector is the fierce competition among people to get into tech sector. With many resources available online, there would be more competition, so one of the challenges would be to upskill the new technologies accordingly. 

Purple Beard has provided a good learning environment with good mentors. The learning resources are helpful. It has provided good support all through the learning process and with the interview tips for the job.

For a person who wants to learn and develop tech skills, I believe perseverance and commitment to update oneself with the latest applications and software languages would give them the confidence to face the peers in the tech world. I would highly recommend a Skills Bootcamp as the whole of the learning process is in a structured format with all the support and with the right resources. 

Kahekashan, Data Analysis Trainee

It’s a great opportunity to learn new technical skills and this bootcamp fits in perfectly with my career goals.

This bootcamp helped me learn new skills and improve my knowledge. The staff and tutors are very helpful and encouraging.

To get placed in a Tech company and achieve my career goals.

The technology keeps on updating, in Tech sector we need to update our technical skills accordingly.

Purple Beard is good platform to learn and has provided good learning resources. The staff and tutors are very supportive and encouraging.

Keep learning. Always look for ways to improve technical skills.

Zeeshan, Software Testing Trainee

‘Purple Beard have helped me with their encouragement and help whenever I have asked for it. They have given me some practical experience of a software testing project in the course which will be extremely beneficial career wise.’

I chose the Software Tester course as it was the opportunity to learn something new to help benefit my career.The software tester course gave me an eventual ITSQB Foundation level certificate for general software testing. In addition to this they also provided us with ITSQB Agile extension training to learn about Agile software testing. We also did multiple software testing exercises during the bootcamp that had practical real world benefits.

The bootcamp has helped me to pass the ITSQB Foundation exam for software testing as well as a good understanding of the basics of software testing.

I have not had the opportunity to apply this in my current job yet as I only recently passed my exam with the assistance of Purple Beard.

I have not been able to apply the skills I have learnt to benefit my employer yet as I only recently passed my exam with the assistance of Purple Beard.

My aspirations are to channel what I have learnt on my Bootcamp course into a career in software testing.

The challenges would be to enter it with a lack of work experience within the Tech sector.

Purple Beard have helped me with their encouragement and help whenever I have asked for it. They have given me some practical experience of a software testing project in the course which will be extremely beneficial career wise.

I would advise people seeking a career in tech to seek out a training provider and I can’t think of a better one that Purple Beard. They offer friendly, helpful and first class expert advice from tutors who have worked within the profession. They can offer you practical projects to give you work experience to help supplement your learning. In addition to this you should also get the chance to gain industry recognized certifcations such as ITSQB Foundation certificate that will help with prospective employers. Purple Beard will also assist you after you have qualified to help you into your chosen career.

 

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Co-funded for East of England and East Midlands areas – between 70% and 100% funding available

Starting in Jan 2022

Evening time,
virtual classroom

Co-funded for East of England and East Midlands areas – between 70% and 100% funding available

Starting in Jan 2022

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