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Digital Retraining Fund in Birmingham

Beat The Bots

With an estimated 1.5 million UK jobs at risk from automation in the coming decade, we have set up a £5m Digital Retraining scheme to ensure our region has the right skillset to ‘beat the bots’.

The £5m Digital Retraining fund aims to pay for digital training for up to 1,900 people in the West Midlands over the next three years. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is working with colleges and training providers to suggest innovative ways to deliver digital training in the region.

Our first providers have now been chosen, taking us one step closer to a comprehensive retraining programme in digital. The course on offer rage from coding training for adults in low paid employment to infrastructure bootcamps and digital cafés for adults struggling with mental health issues.

Providers in Birmingham delivering digital training:

  • Caudwell Children who will be training from the autistic community in cloud infrastructure and cyber.
  • Code Your Future who will be training adults employed in low paid employment in coding with a focus on engaging the refugee community across the West Midlands – this is a part time blended learning delivery model that enables adults to fit training around current employment.
  • Fircroft College who will be offering an infrastructure bootcamp and digital café for adults with a focus on those with mental health issues and from the BAME community in Birmingham.
  • Generation who will deliver cloud technology retraining to JCP customers, particularly aged 18 to 30 across the region moving them into employment.
  • Netcom who will be delivering to individuals who can be rapidly retrained with higher digital skills in infrastructure and cyber through an intensive training approach.
  • Princes Trust who will training younger adults in a range of technologies.
  • School of Code who will extend their successful bootcamp model to offer to adults.
  • Open University who have developed a new delivery model based on their successful OU products that will retrain employed adults in cyber with a particular focus on women.



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