Greater Manchester Skills Bootcamps - SB Skills Solutions

Skills Bootcamps

funded by uk gov greater manchester skills for life bootcamps

What is a Skills Bootcamp?

Skills Bootcamps are primarily aimed at delivering flexible training at levels 3-5 (medium to higher level technical skills), and level 2 in some sectors.

They are co-designed or shaped with employers to respond to their skills shortages.

This training is for adults who are either in work, self-employed, unemployed or returning to work after a break.

Skills Bootcamps are also open to serving prisoners due to be released within 6 months of completing a Skills Bootcamp and those on temporary release.

This training has been made possible thanks to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority securing funding for Skills Bootcamps, forming part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and funded through the Department of Education’s National Skills Fund.

What do we deliver?

Our 5-week intensive Upskill Bootcamp offers 3 pathways with a combination of practical and theory based delivery to enable learners who are already working within the construction sector to upskill and further develop themselves to undertake new roles or additional responsibilities.

Who is eligible for the course?

The core eligibility for the Programme is:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Live in England
  • Meet residency criteria –generally resident in the UK for 3 or more years, with exceptions for refugees

Learners must have a sufficient level of English and Maths to complete a Level 3 –5 course and must show commitment to completing the Skills Bootcamp and progressing into a new or higher-skilled job, or gaining additional contracts if self-employed.

Greater Manchester Region Offer:

You must be living or working within the Greater Manchester Region to be able to access the below pathways:

Pathway 1 consisting of:

  • 10-day 360 Tracked Excavator Course and NVQ Induction
  • Cat and Genny
  • Reverse Banksman
  • Abrasive Wheels

Pathway 2 consisting of:

  • 5-day Telescopic Handler
  • First Aid
  • Manual Handling
  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Reverse Banksman

Pathway 3 consisting of:

  • 5-day Ride on Roller/Forward Tipping Dumper
  • First Aid
  • Manual Handling
  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Reverse Banksman

The pathways are designed using expert knowledge and industry insights to provide learners with the required skills to operate the plant machinery and be effective in their role.

What if I want something different to the Pathways identified?

If you are based in the Greater Manchester Region, then please get in touch with us and we can look at creating a bespoke offer for your organisation to meet your training needs.

There is no cost to employers who recruit individuals who have completed a Skills Bootcamp.

Employers contribute to the cost of training if they want to use Skills Bootcamps to train their existing employees.

Large employers contribute 30% of the cost, and small or medium employers (SMEs) contribute 10%.

Existing employees may need time to study and attend classes depending on their working hours and status and the flexibility of the course.

It is important that both employers and learners understand the commitment they are making to attending the required sessions across the 5 weeks.

What do I get as an employer out of the Bootcamp?

They help your business:

  • develop a loyal and talented workforce with the skills you need quickly
  • futureproof your business in a rapidly changing labour market
  • improve your productivity; learners are motivated to learn new skills, provide new ideas and a fresh perspective

Contact us for further information or to discuss your needs

If you would like to discuss your options as a learner or employer, please contact our Funding Manager, Philippa Plumpton, at, and Philippa will be happy to work with you to support your business training requirements.

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SB Skills are fully accredited to provide training and testing courses to the construction, engineering, warehousing and petrochemical industries.