Upskill or reskill your team in tech with funded Skills Bootcamps

About Skills Bootcamps

Dimple Khagram, Purple Beard Training CEO about Skills Bootcamps:

‘Purple Beard Training is delighted to have won the Skills Bootcamps contract in the regions and join the Government’s mission to rebuild the post-Covid world. During the past 18 months, individuals and businesses have struggled on many different levels and were forced to navigate through unpredictable landscape shifts. The UK workforce must meet the demand to reshape and transition themselves. Purple Beard is here to help with that by boosting and building talent pipelines. Our Skills Bootcamps in DevOps, Cloud Computing and Digital Leadership have been designed to address the gaps in the digital space and support the UK’s economic recovery by creating work-ready employees and retraining existing employees with our high-quality tech skills training.’’

All courses are equivalent to level 3 course (A-Level)

  • Overview
  • Funding & Eligibility
  • AWS Cloud Computing
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Front-End Development
  • Skills Bootcamp Completion

What are Skills Bootcamps?

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to maximum 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.

Skills Bootcamps have been developed by the Government in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities, to help people develop the skills that are in demand in their local area and get a better job. They are a part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs strategies.

There is a task to raise awareness and drive uptake of these exciting new courses at a national level, so the greatest number of people can benefit, and so the public, employers and stakeholders can see momentum building around this kind of innovative reskilling model


What is the cost of a Bootcamp?

Under the ‘Plan for Jobs’ scheme, residents of certain regions in the UK e.g. East Midlands can attend Skills Bootcamps with 70% of the costs funded by the Government.  The government published ‘Skills for Jobs’ which outlines the need to give employers a greater say in the development of skills in current employees and to be able to create a pipeline of talent for new positions or apprenticeships.

The contribution of the employer, for their employees to develop the skills in any of the pathways, would be £699 plus VAT per person. The contribution would cover the cost of Vendor exams (optional). 

Employers can also support the contribution via a mixture of cash and in kind contribution (30% in kind and the remaining cash) however in this case the contribution would not cover the vendor exam. In kind, contributions could  be supporting with Projects, providing employees time off to do the Bootcamp, providing mentoring and hands on support to develop during the Bootcamps. Alternatively Employers can also work with us to take on the talent we develop through the Bootcamps via a work placement, an Apprenticeship or a Job and make a small contribution to use the service.

Skills Bootcamps Eligibility for participants:

  1. They must be 19+ years of age. 
  2. They must either live and work in the East of England  or East Midlands
  3. Have the right to work in the UK
  4. Staff who are employed 
  5. Furloughed staff 
  6. Staff at risk of redundancy  


  • Starting dates:
    - 31/01/2022
  • Pathways:
    - Evening time - 8 weeks
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 70% Funding Available


  • Introduction to architecting in the cloud
  • Design Resilient Architectures
  • Design High-Performing Architectures
  • Design Secure Applications and Architectures
  • Design Cost-Optimized Architectures


Architecting on AWS covers the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on AWS. The course is designed to teach solutions architects how to optimize the use of the AWS cloud by understanding AWS services and how these services fit into cloud-based solutions.

Who is it for?

AWS Solutions Architect is intended for learners with one or more years of hands-on experience on the AWS cloud. By the end of the course, the learner will be prepared to pass the associate-level AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification exam.


1 year of experience on AWS or previous networking/ IT engineering experience.

Core tools and technologies:

  • AWS sandbox

In addition:

  • Presentation skills
  • Portfolio development
  • Employability and interview skills
  •  LinkedIn visibility skills
  • Communication skills
  • Soft skills such as – team work, empathy, problem solving, critical thinking




  • Starting dates:
    - 10/01/2022
  • Pathways:
    - Evening time - 12 weeks
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 70% Funding Available
  • Optional Exam


DevOps has a set of processes to bridge the gap between software development and IT teams.

Traditionally development, testing, and operations were considered separate. But now DevOps has brought forth a strong alliance between these different teams. DevOps methodology emphasizes automation so that there is more bandwidth for communication and collaboration between the development, testing, and operations teams.

Who is it for?

The experienced developers (Software, web), Cloud engineers, IT operations engineers who arelooking to move into a DevOps role


  • Scripting Languages such as Unix, or Linux or Bash script; OR
  • 1 year of coding experience  in Javascript or Python; OR
  • 6+ months of job experience in IT or Development; OR
  • 6+ months of job experience in testing environments 

Career progression:

DevOps engineer, Software engineer on a DevOps team , Cloud native engineer. DevSecOps (with further study)

Core tools and technologies:

  • AWS cloud
  • GitHub
  • Jenkins
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • Chef 
  • Grafana


  • Intro to DevOps
  • SDLC and CI/CD pipelines
  • Source Code Management
  • Configuration Management
  • Continuous Integration
  • Continuous Testing
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Containerization
  • Cloud native

In addition:

  • Presentation skills
  • Portfolio development
  • Employability and interview skills
  • LinkedIn visibility skills
  • Communication skills
  • Soft skills such as – teamwork, empathy, problem-solving, critical thinking  



  • Starting dates:
    - 11/01/202
  • Pathways:
    - Evening time - 10 weeks
  • Certificate of Completion
  •  70%  Funding Available


The Frontend is the part of a website or web application that a user directly interacts with, also referred to as ‘client-side’. Frontend Developers marry design and development to optimise these sites for users and search engines.

Every Frontend Developer needs to have an understanding of:  HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. 

Who is it for:

Anyone looking to get into Software Development


Basic IT skills

During this Skills Bootcamp you'll learn:

  • Installfest and Intro to Frontend Development
  • Developing webpages using HTML,
  • Styling webpages using CSS,
  • Adding functionalities to HTML elements using JavaScript
  • Data manipulation in JavaScript,
  • API call and JSON, developing
  • SPA(Single Page application) using React

Career progression:

This can be considered the foundation to all web-based engineer and developer careers. 

Core tools and technologies:

  • VS Code
  • Command-line (Windows Powershell/ MAC Terminal)
  • Git and GitHub

In addition:

  • Presentation skills
  • Portfolio development
  • Employability and interview skills
  • LinkedIn visibility skills
  • Communication skills
  • Soft skills such as – teamwork, empathy, problem-solving, critical thinking

Progression Pathways:

On completion of the Bootcamps the staff members can progress onto Apprenticeships or other Higher-level training to develop skills further. If Employees progress onto an Apprenticeship, then the Bootcamps can be used as a recognition of prior learning which would reduce the cost and duration of an apprenticeship. 

Example of RPL 

Someone who completes out Data Analyst Bootcamp can progress to a level 3 Data technician Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship normally is 24 months and the cost to a levy employer is £10500 ( excluding EPA costs ) however the Bootcamp can provide recognised credits of upto a maximum of 40% which will reduce the duration from 24 months to 14 months and the cost from £10500 to 6300 however the most important benefit to the employer could be that the individual would be able to undertake the role from 12 weeks onwards making large productivity gains for the employer. 


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.

70% funded - make only 30% contribution

3 to 16 weeks programmes

Live online classes and video recordings

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See our successful Skills Bootcamp stories here.


Or you’ll risk more than you think. Providing your employees with learning and development is no longer important; it is vital for your organisation’s survival. You’re probably aware of that already and you included staff training on your ‘to-do’ list, but right now you have other priorities to take care of. 

And you’re thinking, ‘We’ll do it in the future’, which means:


Are my employees adaptable?
Do they have necessary analytical skills?
Do they know the future technologies?

Are they action orientated?
Can they communicate effectively?
Are they results orientated?

Are they innovative?
Do they have a global perspective?
Are they confident?




your staff with the relevant skills they need for your business in areas such as: Digital Transformation, Data Analysis, Cloud Computing and DevOps.


Be involved in designing the bootcamps in the areas we work in so that we can ensure your staff can develop the relevant skills as we apply our employee training plan and present you with best staff training solutions.


70% of the Skills Bootcamp is funded by the UK Government which means you'll have to cover only 30% which is equal to as much as £10 per day per employee.


As a company that takes care of our employees, we wouldn’t like them to lose their time on boring training that will not bring the results and bring more dissatisfaction that engagement. 

And we know neither would you. That’s why we designed our bootcamps to be:

ENGAGING so your employees can get the real learning experience rather than feel like they’re watching an online video

FLEXIBLE so they can squeeze their training in their working hours and rewatch it in their free time if they couldn’t attend the session

RELEVANT with industry experts leading the sessions that will provide them with valuable information, because there’s nothing worse than a training that feels like loss of time

ADJUSTABLE to meet your team’s preferences, because it’s all about learning methods that’s work for them! 

AFFORDABLE with Government funding covering 70% of the payment

SUPPORTIVE to make sure no employee is ever left behind. During our previous Skills Bootcamp, we spent 10 additional hours on helping learners with learning difficulties, we’ve designed additional Student & Alumni Handbooks, and brought extra TAs to the sessions

Key features

It's no longer just about training

In the world where training teams is vital, training providers must do more than simply deliver curriculum. 

Here at Purple Beard Training we believe that:


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