with our co-funded Skills Bootcamp.

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 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 



8 weeks, 1 day a week 10:00am - 4:00pm


There will be support throughout the Bootcamp. You will have a number of Lab days which develop hand-on skills. You will be required to work within Groups during the Bootcamp.


There will be a number of topics you will need to review on a daily basis; a reading list will be provided. The homestudy time would be from 20 min to 1 hour a day.

Digital Transformation Skills Bootcamp has been designed for:

  • Individuals who want to become Digital Leaders 
  • Existing Digital Leaders who need upskilling or refreshing their knowledge
  • Technology managers and executives who seek to understand the technologies that drive digital transformation and how to implement them to drive digital transformation in their organisation
  • Functional managers across industries looking to master different areas of transformation and implement a strategy within their function or organisation
  • Owners of SME’s who need to understand on how some of the technologies can support with Business Improvements

During the Bootcamp you'll learn:

  •  Digital Transformation for Leaders
  • Cloud and Mobile
  • Data Analytics for Business, Business Analytics with Excel
  • Predictive analytics
  • Power BI Training Course (Online Optional)
  • Agile working Practices
  • Introduction to Virtual reality and Augmented reality (Optional)
  • Principles of AI and Automation
  • Internet of Things
  • Principles of privacy and security
  • Building a Digital Framework

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.   

Learning Outcomes: you will...

  • LEARN about digital technologies used in digital transformation projects
  • EXPLORE the sources of value of digital transformations for businesses
  • CONSIDER challenges of privacy and security in digital transformations
  • ASSESS digital tools, technologies, processes and their uses
  • EVALUATE the use of digital solutions for business problems
  • APPLY principles of digital transformation to real-world business problems
  • DEVELOP a framework for digital transformation within your organisation
  • PROPOSE digital innovations that build on existing business infrastructure


You will learn some of the following:

  • Power BI
  • AWS Technology

All the classes will be delivered through Microsoft Teams where recorded sessions and online learning materials can also be accessed

Upon completion, you'll receive:

  • Bootcamp completion certificate from Purple Beard Training
  • Access to our Alumni 
  • Opportunity to progress on further programmes
  • You can move into a specialist area if you need to at the end of the Program via developing skills that are required


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

8 weeks, 1 day a week

Live online classes and video recordings

Currently not available

About Skills Bootcamps: Digital Leader Bootcamp

Digital Leader Bootcamp is not available anymore, however if you would like it delivered as a bespoke training, please contact us for bespoke solutions.


Evening time,
virtual classroom

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

Day time or evening time,
virtual classroom

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

Evening time,
virtual classroom

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


Evening time,
virtual classroom

Co-funded for West Midlands residents (specific areas) in 100%

Applications open

Evening time weekdays,
virtual classroom

Co-funded for West Midlands & Thames Valley residents (specific areas) in 100%

Applications open


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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Do you know enough to continue your job in the future?

What is Digital Transformation?

Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, fundamentally changing how you operate and deliver value to customers. It’s also a cultural change that requires organizations to continually challenge the status quo, experiment, and get comfortable with failure. It’s also defined as: Customer experience, Operational agility, Culture and leadership, Workforce enablement, Digital technology integration 

What is Internet of Things (IOT)?

In a nutshell, the Internet of Things is the concept of connecting any device (so long as it has an on/off switch) to the Internet and to other connected devices. That includes an extraordinary number of objects of all shapes and sizes – from smart microwaves, which automatically cook your food for the right length of time, to self-driving cars, whose complex sensors detect objects in their path, to wearable fitness devices that measure your heart rate. 

What are Principles of AI and Automation?

The Core Principles of Appreciative Inquiry, which describe the basic tenets of the underlying Ai philosophy, serve as the building blocks for all AI work. The five original principles are: Constructionist, Simultaneity, Anticipatory, Poetic, and Positive.

What is VIrtual Reality? (VR)

Virtual reality (VR) is a simulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. Applications of virtual reality include entertainment (e.g. video games), education (e.g. medical or military training) and business (e.g. virtual meetings). Other distinct types of VR-style technology include augmented reality and mixed reality, sometimes referred to as extended reality or XR

What is Predictive Analysis?

Predictive analytics encompasses a variety of statistical techniques from data mining, predictive modelling, and machine learning that analyze current and historical facts to make predictions about future or otherwise unknown events


Purple Beard’s Digital Leader program has been designed in response to the problems Leaders and Managers are facing in the current world. 

This immersive and interactive programme, explores the five biggest game-changing technologies that are driving digital transformation across organisations and industries—from the Cloud and the Internet of Things to Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Security.

As a participant, you’ll learn from our experienced team, case studies and your peers about how to use these technologies to implement digital transformations across your organisation.

Our Digital Leader programme combines live online teaching, sessions and video lectures with interactive activities and assignments to enable high-impact learning.

We can upskill your employees for £10 per day per person


In the world where training teams is vital, training providers must do more than simply deliver curriculum. Here in Purple Beard Training we believe that:


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