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

Join our Skills Bootcamp in DevOps which is a part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs. 

Equip yourself with the in-demand digital skills and if you’re looking to switch careers, we’ll put you forward to a guaranteed job interview upon completion. All equivalent to level 3 course (A-level)

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

Skills Bootcamps at Purple Beard

Skills Bootcamps last between 7 to 11 weeks. Each week individuals attend intensive learning sessions to develop the skills.  Our sessions run 2-3 times a week and each session is between 2.30 to 3 hours plus there are days where there are labs to practice the hands-on exercises.

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

  • East of England (Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk) 
  • East Midlands (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire)

Who can apply and get 100% funding?

  • Residents of East of England and 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 of England or East Midlands -  the remaining 30% which is £699 + VAT must be contributed by the employer  

If you're from outside East of England and 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 the East of England or live in East Midlands
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Be able to commit to the 11 weeks Skills Bootcamp 


About DevOps

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.

DevOps Engineer 

DevOps Engineer is somebody who understands the Software Development Lifecycle and has the outright understanding of various automation tools for developing digital pipelines (CI/ CD pipelines).

DevOps Engineer Salary

The average salary in the UK is £47,690 per annum with more experienced DevOps Engineers earning up to £74,000

DevOps Tasks

The typical day to day activities of a DevOps Engineer include: Examine the capability of the software to expand as users save data to it. Keeping all code changes into a single system so that it can be modified and tested. Monitoring the feedback and responses of the users to new releases of a product.

Who is it for?

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


A minimum of 1 year experience in at least 2 of the following:

  • Frontend Development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript),
  • Backend Development,
  • Fullstack development,
  • Web app Development,
  • Software engineering,
  • Database management (SQL, NoSQL),
  • Cloud architecture or IT operations

Scripting Languages such as Unix, or Linux or  Bash script.

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
  • CV writing and LinkedIn visibility skills
  • Communication skills
  • Soft skills such as – team work, 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

You'll receive:

  • Guaranteed job interview
  • Skills Bootcamp completion certificate from Purple Beard Training
  • Access to our Alumni 
  • Opportunity to progress on further programmes
  • Pathways to progress into after completion

DevOps Engineer Skills Bootcamp Career progression:

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

Skills Bootcamps for East of England and East Midlands residents:


Skills Bootcamps for West Midlands residents:


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.

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

12 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 do need basic IT skills and a functional computer/laptop.  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

Thinking about upskilling or getting into DevOps

A few things you should know:

  • DevOps is a great career choice for both inexperienced and experienced IT professionals who have an interest in this field
  • It’s a great career in long run – there aren’t enough DevOps engineers so there are more jobs than skilled professionals
  • To become DevOps, you’ll need to learn: a programming language (Java, Python), Scripting (Ruby, Shell), DevOps Tools (Linux, Git, Monitoring), Cloud (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Openstack)

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 DevOps 
  • Provide you with opportunities and guidance on how to progress further

After Skills Bootcamp: Completion

You’ll receive support with the following:

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

After Skills Bootcamp:

Next steps:

  • You can pursue Amazon or Microsoft DevOps Pathway Specialist Pathway

Apprenticeship Progression:

Your possible career pathways:

  • Development Teams
  • DevOps Engineers
  • Testing and Automation Engineers
  • Infrastructure Architects
  • IT Directors and Managers
  • Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Agile and Lean Coaches
  • Project Managers
  • System Administrators and Engineers

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At its simplest, DevOps is a philosophy and way of working that brings together two historically disparate parts of the IT organisation, namely those who develop the software and those who are then required to support it in the live environment. 

The DevOps Engineer encapsulates both disciplines, requiring the individual to understand and appreciate how their code functions when being used in the real world and troubleshoot any issues that may arise, while taking a cloud-infrastructure-focused perspective.

Our programme will provide you with everything you need to know as the DevOps Trainee.

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

Who is it for?

Skills Bootcamp in DevOps  is open for aspiring DevOps Engineers and those who want to progress within 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. 

You need to meet the entry requirements in order to be accepted onto this programme.



DevOps Median Salary for the past 6 months was £65,000 across the UK.

Top 5 Must-Have Automation Tools are...

Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Deployment, Continuous Operation & Support, DevSecOps

Top 5 DevOps Skills are...

Automation Skills (e.g.replacing manual processes with automation), Soft skills (empathy, communication), Technical skills (serverless, Cloud platforms, programming languages), Specific Automation Tool Knowledge (testing tools, performance tools) and Functional Knowledge (Development, Operations).

Top 5 Human Skills for a DevOps team member are...

Collaboration and Cooperation, Problem Solving, Sharing and Knowledge Transfer, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills


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

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

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