DIGITAL BOOTCAMPS

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Choose from 100 new up-and-coming candidates in the West Midlands

If you’ve been struggling to find new staff to fill vacancies in Cyber Security, Data Science, Digital Marketing or UX/UI Design, you’re not alone.

It’s why we set up our programme of Skills Bootcamps – well, that and our mission to help people facing barriers to employment, especially in the digital sector.

Our four FREE bootcamps are inspiring and training the next generation of digital leaders in partnership with Coventry University. Each skills course is specially designed to prepare our candidates for entry-level roles in your industry, and delivered by industry experts across 200 hours of guided learning. Our Skills Bootcamps are fully funded for learners by the Department for Education.

Looking to grow new skills?
Join our New Bootcamps: Sept 2022 

We’re launching new programmes in Data Science and Web App Development in the Autumn.

A unique recruitment opportunity

Our West Midlands bootcamps give local employers the chance to do two incredibly powerful things:

  1. Hire brand new, home-grown team-members, trained in all the basics for free, ready for you to mould and shape into the next leaders in your industry.
    Got no vacancies? Offer a work experience placement instead!
  2. Give a shot to local people who’ve lacked opportunity but have no shortage of energy, enthusiasm and talent to invest in your business. 

As a charity, our goal at Resume Foundation is to help people find new routes into work, so our programme includes complete wraparound support to help each candidate put their best foot forward in applications, interviews and their first day / week / month on the job.

three ways to take advantage

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Ready to hire?

Shortlist and interview candidates for entry level vacancies in your company, ‘straight out of the box’.

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Play your part

Bolster your CSR metrics by offering meaningful 4-week work placements to one or more of our candidates.

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Try before your buy

Consider it a free trial period – a 4-week placement with a view to hiring if you like what you see.

–  1  –

Ready to hire? Shortlist and interview candidates for entry level vacancies in your company, ‘straight out of the box’.

–  2  –

Play your part: Bolster your CSR metrics by offering meaningful 4-week work placements to one or more of our candidates.

–  3  –

‘Try before you buy’ with a free trial period – a 4-week placement with a view to hiring if you like what you see.

Our Spring 2022 Data Science cohort with Resume Foundation and Coventry University colleagues.

The Spring 2022 Data Science cohort celebrate their graduation

Our candidates

All our candidates have the right to work in the UK, are aged 19 or over, live in the WMCA area, and have joined the programme from being either unemployed or in minimum-wage jobs. Many are university graduates who couldn’t find work during the pandemic; some have faced other barriers to employment including disability and discrimination. 

They’re training in one of the following four areas of study: Cyber Security, Data Science, Digital Marketing, and UX and Design Research. Each of these areas represent rapid growth and expanding job opportunities in UK industries, and our courses, run by Coventry University, are designed to prepare our candidates for entry-level positions in their chosen fields.

AVAILABLE TO HIRE

cyber security

Graduates of our Cyber Security Bootcamp are ready for entry level and trainee positions in DevOps, SecOps and Security Operations. Coventry University was one of the first in England to teach Ethical Hacking, and the course is highly practical. During their studies, our candidates have worked with various operating systems including Linux, learned basic Python programming and software design, and worked with protocols, cyber security tools such as nmap and encryption. They’ve also learned about auditing and penetration testing, having conducted searches for vulnerabilities and exploits, and participated in several challenging red team and blue team activities.

Our candidates have a sound working knowledge of standard commercial security policies, including legislation relating to cybercrime and data protection, and a thorough grounding in ethics and best practice. They’re ready to put this all into practice under experienced supervision.

AVAILABLE TO HIRE

data science

Our Data Scientists start with a thorough grounding in the basics: statistical analysis, data types (nominal, ordinal etc.) conducting T tests, and using Excel to sort, filter and visualise data etc. But they go much further – as well as a thorough introduction to Python, our candidates are familiar with libraries and automation tools including Jupiter Notebooks, Matplotlib, Pandas and NumPy. They’ll also have worked with classifiers, clustering and pattern matching to work more efficiently with selected data and explored machine learning applications.

In fact, they’ll have worked through the complete ‘data science lifecycle’ from start to finish at least once – from gathering the data, to analysing it, applying statistical knowledge and programming skills, and presenting it. They’d make ideal candidates for Junior Data Science or Data Analysis positions and are ready to professionalise their new skills under the right supervision.

AVAILABLE TO HIRE

digital marketing

Our digital marketing course is focused on campaign development. Our candidates have studied marketing fundamentals – the marketing fix, sales funnels, B2B v B2C models etc. – and explored the interface between these principles and the digital realm. Like all our bootcamps, this course is highly practical – candidates will have researched and crafted audience personas, conducted situational analyses, identified marketing opportunities and messages and learned how to find and use data to inform their campaign. 

They’ll also have researched and applied SEO keywords to optimise search rankings and worked with social media scheduling tools such as Hootsuite to manage campaign implementation. They’ll have a thorough working knowledge of the social media landscape, including insight into which platforms to use for which customers, and they’ll show up for interview with an original campaign portfolio tracking a sample project from conception to delivery.

AVAILABLE TO HIRE

user Interface and Experience

Our UX/UI Design candidates are ready for entry-level positions in app frontend design and development or website development. Their in-depth study of design includes understanding user flows and the fundamentals of wireframing, as well as visual design elements like typography, colour, shape, composition etc. And they will have applied these principles in practice, sketching and designing their own multi-tier app using Figma or AdobeXD. These design principles are coupled with background knowledge of the user experience to maximise the efficacy of their design practice. 

While they have not studied back-end development, they have a working knowledge of HTML and CSS and have a portfolio containing at least one original app and website design. With all the design foundations in place, they are able to fully realise the UX and UI of a mobile app or website under appropriate supervision.

WRAPAROUND SUPPORT

Each 16-week Skills Bootcamp is a complete programme designed to secure candidates meaningful, entry-level employment in the digital sector. Each programme includes:

  • A 10-week digital skills course (see above).
  • Our wraparound employability support package.

Our wraparound employability support includes:

  • A one-to-one mentor.
  • Support before, during and after candidates’ technical training.
  • CV writing and enhancing – with a focus on personal profiling, transferable skills, and highlighting individual strengths.
  • Job applications – how to search for and find jobs, how to apply and answer questions, learning from every application, developing a portfolio CV and using platforms like LinkedIn. 
  • Interviews – how to prepare, online interviews, question types, different styles of interviews, relaxation techniques, body language, post-interview support – oh, and a real life interview.

Frequently asked questions

Nothing. Nada. Zip. All the financial costs of both the skills training and our wraparound employability support have been covered by the WMCA thanks to funding from the government’s Skills for Life programme.

Candidates from our Cyber Security, Data Science, Digital Marketing and UX/UI Design are now available for work placements, interview and employment – except for those who’ve already been snapped up by local employers!

Candidates from our autumn 2022 programme (Data Science and Web App Development) will be available from October. 

The first round of courses run by Coventry University lasted for 8 weeks and included 25 hours of guided learning each week, including two hours a day of ‘live’ study with a tutor or lecturer over Zoom. Our Autumn 2022 programme runs four days a week over 10 weeks, with the same overall amount of tuition time. 

Our wider, wraparound employability programme extends either side of the skills training, with mentoring, work experience, coaching and other support to help candidates apply for work or explore setting up their own businesses.

We don’t do ‘bums on seats’ – when we promise our candidates work experience, we mean a chance to properly experience employment in their chosen field – albeit unpaid. They’re not there to make the tea; they’ll need opportunities to do real, supervised work, and to learn from your experienced staff.

These are not schoolkids – they’re adults who’ve dedicated 200 hours to mastering the basics, and now they need a chance to be useful and learn what it takes to work in this field.

We’ll also ask you to give your candidate(s) a mock interview for a position – or a real one if you have a suitable vacancy. Of course, you’re under absolutely no obligation to hire anyone from the programme.

Ready to get in touch?

Whether you’re a prospective employer looking to hire or offer work experience, or a prospective candidate who’d like to join our waiting list, we’d be delighted to hear from you with any other questions you might have. Please fill in your details and your question(s) below and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

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