Skills Bootcamps FAQ


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Skills Bootcamps FAQ

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Application & Eligibility

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 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.

Whatever your current employment status, you can apply for a Purple Beard Skills Bootcamp.

As long as you’re motivated to learn and are able to commit to the full length of the course and the post course employability tracking (for up to 6 months post course) then you can apply. Depending on your pathway, there may be an initial assessment to assess your suitability for the course.

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.

Please complete a Skills ‘Bootcamp Initial Interest Form’ on our website. You will receive an information pack email, with an application form that you can send straight back to us or, book a call with us to learn more. 

When you’re accepted onto the Skills Bootcamp you will receive an onboarding email two weeks before your Skills Bootcamp start date. This is the start of your learning journey and you’ll have access to the induction videos, your student handbook, schedule, alumni group chats and pre-learning information.

East of England (Norwich, Peterborough, Cambridge, Bedford, Ipswich, Luton, Southend-on-Sea, Harlow, Watford, Thurrock, Essex, Bedfordshire, Suffolk) AND East Midlands (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire)

  •  70% funding available if living or working in the area –  the remaining 30% which is £699 + VAT must be contributed by the employer  
  • 100% funded if unemployed, furloughed, self-employed, or employed and not supported by the employer 


  • You can still sign up for the Bootcamp and self-fund it.
  • The prices for the Skills Bootcamps vary between £2299 and £2999 +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 Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire region 
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Able to commit to the Skills Bootcamp

Yes, all of our pathways have an element of pre-learning, to give you the skills and basic knowledge you’ll need to progress in the course. We’ll let you know more about this during the enrolment 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.

On Programme

If you’ve decided a different pathway suits you better, we can accommodate changes within the first 2 weeks of a course.

Purple Beard Skills Bootcamps are led by industry experts who will not only teach you the relevant skills and knowledge in your chosen pathway, but will also provide support sessions. Each session will also have a highly skilled TA on hand to offer any extra support.

We are flexible in our approach to learning and will always try to support, no matter what! We also have a qualified mental health ambassador who is available if you ever need someone to chat to. If you have a learning difficulty, we can offer additional support.

90% attendance is required for the duration of the Skills Bootcamp.

In case of unavoidable absence, please inform your teacher if you’re unable to attend. 


Some courses do include an exam at the end, but we’ll let you know during the application process and these exams are not mandatory.


Individuals who decide to drop out of the bootcamp or decide not to complete the course will have to pay penalties. 

The penalties would be as follows;

  • If you withdraw after 2 weeks of the course commencement or enrolment date the charge is £150. 
  • If you withdraw after 6 weeks of the course commencement or enrolment date, the charge is £450.

We do understand sometimes things are beyond your control in the case of unforeseen circumstances, in which case the penalty can be negotiated on a case by case basis.

We will support all of the attendees to complete their programme therefore will be asking for your  feedback throughout the bootcamp on how we can better support you and your learning. 

Skills Bootcamps are Government-funded and as an organisation we have an agreement to ensure learners complete the course they sign up for.

Skills Bootcamp Completion

Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion from Purple Beard. If you opt to take an exam and pass, you will also receive a relevant certificate.

We support all of our learners for up to six months after they complete the Skills Bootcamp. This may include check up calls to ask about your current employment status and how the Skills Bootcamp has helped you.

As required by the Government, we may ask about your employment information or ask you to complete a case study for us. 


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. 

In addition to helping you find a new role, Purple Beard works closely with organisations that are looking to hire apprentices, and we always recommend our Bootcampers for these roles. Bootcamp learners can also progress into TA or Ambassador roles at Purple Beard.

We will be running courses throughout the year. Get in touch with us for more details or check the Bootcamps page on our website. 

SimpliLearn Online Courses FAQ

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  • Hover your mouse to the top right corner of the screen to find Profile

No, simulation test can neither be taken offline nor after the course expiry. You will have three attempts to take each of the simulation tests before the course expires

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Getting Started

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  • Purple Beard is a Simplilearn partner. Our courses are powered by Simplilearn so you will receive a certificate of completion via the course portal from them however we will also send you a second certificate from Purple Beard Ltd

  • Login to your account and select the course
  • You will find the criteria for the course under the Certificate tab
  • Once you meet all the required criteria, the certificate will get auto-unlocked in your account
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  • Select the Certificate option from the drop-down to view and download the certificate

Course Specific

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  • You will get three chances to work on the project and qualify to receive the certificate.
  • Once you submit the project, it will be evaluated within 5 to 7 working days. The results will be displayed in the Projects tab.

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Note: Please make use of Ctrl+C to exit from the spark shell. As shown in the screenshot above that there are many ports you have used but never logged out properly so it is still assigned to you.

Ctrl+C will help these ports to be free for other users and will make your Learning Experience hassle-free.
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Log in to your account and click on My Courses. The validity is displayed on the course card. The courses are normally valid for a maximum period of 12 months.

Course validity is 12 months and these cannot be extended however we can consider this on a case by case basis in case of extenuating circumstances


  • Login to your account and select the course.
  • Select the Practice lab tab shown on the left hand side of the screen
  • Now click on the Launch lab to start accessing the labs

Refund Queries

  • Please check the refund terms and conditions for further details

  • A refund typically takes 7-10 working days to reflect in your bank account from the date of refund initiation


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. They’re funded by the Government and are developed as a part of the Plan for Jobs skills and employment programme.

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Cloud Computing Skills Bootcamp

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

Starting 6th of September

11-Weeks Virtual Classroom
DevOps Bootcamp UK

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

Starting 6th of September

11-Weeks Virtual Classroom
Data Analysis Skills Bootcamp

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

Starting 6th of September

8-Weeks Virtual Classroom Digital Transformation Skills Bootcamp

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

Starting 11th of October



We have upskilled 58 people with our previous Skills Bootcamps edition that was developed in partnership with D2N2 LEP and funded by the DfE as a part of a national pilot. The bootcamps were designed based on the reports of the region around the skills requirements as well as what employers needed as part of their digital transformation strategy. Our 12-week programmes consisted of Data Analysis Bootcamp, Software Development Bootcamp and Software Testing Bootcamp and took place completely online.


Speak to our team today

If you’d like to learn more about Purple Beard Training as an Apprenticeship Training Provider, Tech Bootcamps and Apprenticeships, a potential partnership, working with us or you have any other questions, please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.