Skills Bootcamps in AWS Cloud Computing

Skills Bootcamps – part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs

There’s more jobs in Cloud Computing than skilled professionals, which means an average salary in Cloud Computing is now £62,000.

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 Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the Internet with pay-as-you-go pricing. Instead of buying, owning, and maintaining physical data centers and servers, you can access technology services, such as computing power, storage, and databases, on an as-needed basis from a cloud provider like Amazon Web Services (AWS).

What does a cloud engineer do?

A cloud engineer is an IT specialist who handles all cloud computing duties including planning, design, deployment, maintenance, and support. Most cloud engineers have experience in developing and designing additional cloud-based web services.

Cloud Computing Salaries

The average salary in the UK is £62,500 per annum, with more experienced Cloud Computing professionals earning more than £100,000.

Why to choose Cloud Computing career:

  • there's more jobs than skilled professionals
  • highly in-demand
  • impressively high salaries (due to the skills gap)
  • many progression pathways available
  • secure job
  • high impact on the IT sector


Skills Bootcamp are 100% free for UK residents or those willing to look for work in the following areas:

  • East Midlands (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire)

Who can apply and get 100% funding?

  • Residents of East Midlands
  • Unemployed within past 12 months,
  • Furloughed,
  • Self-employed, 
  • Employed and not supported by the employer

Skills Bootcamps are also 70% funded for employers looking to refer their existing employees:

  • Employers and employees referred/supported by their employer working or living in East Midlands -  the remaining 30% which is £699 + VAT must be contributed by the employer  

If you're from outside East Midlands: 

  • You can still sign up for the Bootcamp and self-fund it.
  • The total price for the Bootcamp is £2299 +VAT if self-funded

In order to get the funding, you must be:

  • 19+ years old 
  • You must either live and work in East Midlands
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Be able to commit to the 11 weeks Skills Bootcamp



This course aims to take you from absolute beginner to career-ready at a trainee or junior level. This Skills Bootcamp include optional, funded AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

Who is it for?

Anyone wanting to get into cloud computing as a change of career or for those already in digital careers looking to move from on-premise to cloud based roles


None (Basic computing skills) This course is for the absolute beginner.


  • Introduction to AWS
  • Compute in the Cloud
  • Global Infrastructure and Reliability
  • Networking
  • Storage and Databases
  • Security
  • Monitoring and Analytics
  • Pricing and Support
  • Migration and Innovation

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the main characteristics of Cloud Computing, including the enabling technologies. AWS course provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support.

Core tools and technologies:

  • AWS Free-tier account

In addition:

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

If you're unemployed or looking to switch careers, we'll put you forward to a guaranteed interview upon completion, support you with preparation, write references, and also refer you to our partners and employers to maximize your chances of landing a job.   

We deliver live virtual sessions via Microsoft Teams. The tools the students need are:

  • a laptop or a computer,
  • headphones
  • a good internet connection.
  • tablets and phones are not conducive to undertaking the sessions

There will be a capstone project that will be given after week 6 which will have to be completed after week 6. Also there will be optional projects as well whoever wants to work more separately. Before the project, we will have 3-4 sessions for support regarding the project.

You will be able to add a capstone project to their profile which will be evaluated based on the presentation on the last day of the bootcamp.

You'll receive:

  • Skills Bootcamp completion certificate from Purple Beard Training
  • Access to our Alumni 
  • You will also have a chance to take optional exam

AWS Cloud Practitioner Career progression:

  • Junior/trainee cloud computing engineer
  • If you already have IT/Data/ Developer experience, you can look at becoming a cloud-native developer, analyst or architect
  • Apprenticeship in ICT ( network Engineer pathway)
  • Apprenticeship in IT support technician

AWS Solutions Architect Career Progression:

AWS Solutions Architect


Skills Bootcamps for East of England and East Midlands residents:


Skills Bootcamps for West Midlands residents:


Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 15 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.

100% funded for individuals from East of England and East Midlands
70% funded for employers who refer an existing employee

Evening time - 4 weeks, Mon-Thu

Live online classes and video recordings



Skills Bootcamps are funded by the Department for Education in 70% and 100% for those living or employed in certain regions (East of England and East Midlands). Please see our funding & eligibility box abov for more details.

If you’re from the area that has 100% funding – then yes, Skills Bootcamp is completely free!

1. Fill out our Initial Interest Form here – please keep in mind filling out this form does not automatically enrol you for the Skills Bootcamp yet.

2. You’ll receive a confirmation email with an option to book a call with us at the most convenient time for you. If you don’t do it, we will call you ourselves within 2 days – we will then check your eligibility, confirm your interest and answer any questions you might have.

3. Fill out the Enrolment Form – and once this is done, you’re in! 

4. Onboarding, induction and pre-learning – we will send you everything before the Skills Bootcamp

5. Skills Bootcamps commences -have fun!

You don’t need a technical background to join our Skills Bootcamps! However, you do need to be able to attend every week, demonstrate a good level of communication and problem-solving skills and to want to progress in your current, or into a new career. 

It is our aim to ensure learners are work-ready and prepared for a job in their chosen area of tech upon course completion, so reskilling or upskilling to get a new job, or advance in your current role should be your goal! In addition, we want our learners to have fun, be sociable and create a community with their peers and alumni. 

We expect 3 things from our students:

  • be (extremely) motivated,
  • be curious,
  • be social
  • If this sounds like you, then we’ll be more than happy to have you on board if you pass all the selection process.

All you will need to attend is a laptop or desktop computer. It is preferable for this to have a working camera and mic, for you to get the most out of the virtual sessions. In the first session of the Skills Bootcamp we always have an ‘InstallFest’ to ensure you’ve got any software you may need.

Previous learners have also found that having two screens is really beneficial, so you can complete tasks while following along with the teacher. This could be a second computer screen or TV attached with an HDMI cable, or using a tablet as your second screen.

Purple Beard Skills Bootcamps are designed to make learners work-ready from the week of course completion- and Employability is a huge part of the service we offer.

When the Skills Bootcamp ends, you will benefit from our Employability Services where you’ll have the opportunity to work 1:1 with our Employability Coach, to help you build your portfolio and your Linkedin profile.

We can also help you prepare for technical interviews, connect you with recruiters and we’ll put you in touch with our amazing Alumni, who will share their experiences from life after the Skills Bootcamp. 


100% online virtual classroom learning which you can get at no cost!

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How Skills Bootcamps can help in your career in Cloud Computing

Thinking about upskilling or getting into Cloud Computing

A few things you should know:

  • If you’re thinking about a career in cloud computing, start by thinking want to accomplish and what your interests are.
  • There are multiple providers with whom you can get certified: three public cloud providers are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • According to Indeed: employer demand still outpaces the number of qualified candidates available.
  • Searches for the terms cloud computing and cloud engineer have risen 141% in the past two years
  • You’ll need to learn: a variety of programming languages such as Java, AngularJS, C++, and Python, tech tools and platforms such as SQL, Kubernetes, Spark, 

Signing up for
Skills Bootcamp

During Skills Bootcamp you’ll have to:

  • Commit to the program
  • Attend online live classes 
  • Do homestudy and reading
  • Participate in projects, workshops and presentation
  • You’ll have a chance to take on an optional exam

This course will:

  • Provide you with the foundations of Cloud Computing
  • This course helps you to prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam – this Bootcamp is based on the AWS framework 
  • Provide you with opportunities and guidance on how to progress further

After Skills Bootcamp:

You’ll receive support with the following:

  • CV check & Interview prep
  • Career progression
  • Job referrals/references
  • Alumni Guide Access
  • Job interview opportunity
  • Networking

After Skills Bootcamp:

Next steps:

Apprenticeship Progression:

Your possible career pathways:

  • Cloud engineer
  • Cloud security manager
  • Cloud application developer
  • Cloud network engineer
  • Cloud automation engineer

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Cloud Computing Bootcamp UK module will cover the main characteristics of Cloud Computing, including the enabling technologies, main software and service paradigms underpinning it, as well as related aspects such as security, operational risks, and economics.

Goal for AWS specific Segment: AWS course provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. This course helps you to prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

Our programme will provide you with everything you need to know as the beginning Cloud Computing Practitioner.

And don’t worry about combining learning with your busy schedule. Our course is completely virtual, with recorded sessions giving you the flexibility to catch up with them another day.

Who is this Skills Bootcamp for?

Cloud Computing Bootcamp UK is open for aspiring Cloud Computing Practicioners and those who want to kick-off their career in tech.

Participants must be aged 19+, be based in the East Midlands or East of England areas to be eligible for the funding.

Beginners are welcome, however, you’ll need to do some pre-learning before the course as provided by Purple Beard. 


We are Purple Beard, an EdTech company on a mission to disrupt the tech sector with challenging, engaging and highly selective learning experiences that are developed and led by industry experts to create employable tech talent and bridge the diversity gap in the tech sector.

At our core we aim to use training models that support individual needs and challenge the older models of education through Government funded programs. Our aim is to make tech education accessible and affordable using a range of technologies and modalities to deliver learning.

Other Skills Bootcamps

Evening time,
virtual classroom

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

Applications will open in June 2022

Evening time,
virtual classroom

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

Applications will open in June 2022

Evening time weekdays or Saturdays,
virtual classroom

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

Applications will open in June 2022


Speak to our team today

If you’d like to talk about Cloud Computing Bootcamp UK, Skills Bootcamps, Apprenticeships, a potential partnership, working with Purple Beard or you have any other questions, please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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