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Digital Jobs Fair launched to connect Devon employers with local talent

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The government-funded Train4Tomorrow programme held a Digital Jobs Fair on Wednesday 16 March, giving local employers the opportunity to connect with adults who have recently completed a government-funded bootcamp to gain in-demand skills in the digital sector.

The Train4Tomorrow programme offers adults in Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall access to fully-funded Skills Bootcamps, which have been designed to meet industry needs for digital and technical skills. The flexible bootcamps, up to 16 weeks long, and a mixture of online and in person, are available to adults who are unemployed, employed, self-employed, or returning to work. Learners are guaranteed an interview with a local employer upon completion, helping to connect employers with recently trained graduates.

Digital bootcamps that have previously been on offer include digital marketing, app development, and programming. Technical bootcamps have included agritech, welding, photonics, electrical installation, and engineering construction.

The latest cohort of Skills Bootcamps has concluded, and over 1,000 people have benefitted from the training so far. Employers looking for talent with digital skills were invited to join an online jobs fair, with companies including Software Solved, Securious, the Ted Wragg Trust, Singer Instruments, and Jurassic Fibre meeting with learners from the bootcamps.

Claire Coulston, Digital Skills Programme Coordinator at Train4Tomorrow, says: “Following on from our latest cohort of bootcamps finishing, connecting employers with local talent is the next step to helping close the skills gap in the region. We are delighted to have helped bring together companies and talent, and are looking forward to potentially running a third round of bootcamps later this year, to continue tackling the skills shortage in the South West.”

The next round of government-funded bootcamps is due to be announced from April.