Published on 15/07/2021
Software Engineering, Aston University
  • The 20 new IoC-led skills bootcamps, running nationwide, are part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs
  • The 12-week skills bootcamp at Aston University in software engineering is aimed at anyone looking to upskill or change career path
  • The course is provided completely free of charge to the unemployed or self-employed as part of the government's Skills Bootcamps initiative

Aston University is one of 12 universities working with the Institute of Coding (IoC) to deliver a programme of skills bootcamps designed to connect people into employment being launched today.

The IoC, a collaborative national consortium of industry, educators and outreach providers led by the University of Bath, was announced by Government today as a provider for the Department for Education’s (DfE) 20 skills bootcamps to respond to the UK’s digital skills gap through the delivery of employer-led digital skills education.

Skills bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up tech skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer.

The flexible, 12-week software engineering course at Aston University will teach Object Oriented Programming using Java and Database Development for data management, and will provide learners with best-in-class digital skills education and deliver resilient pathways to work.

In addition to the IoC’s existing provision, which includes more than 150 university level digital skills courses, the IoC will design and deliver the new skills bootcamps in online and face-to-face formats at locations throughout the country. Topics include core digital skills, data science, software development, AI, cybersecurity and others.

These skills bootcamps will give people the advanced digital skills needed for a role in tech and create a skilled talent pool for employers. Using its collaborative approach, the IoC is bringing together partners with delivery and engagement expertise to ensure that each step of the Skills Bootcamp journey is high-quality and tailored to meet the needs of employers and those looking to upskill to boost their employability.

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President of techUK and IoC Co-Chair, said:

“It is widely acknowledged that the tech sector will power the UK’s post-pandemic economic recovery, but this cannot happen until the digital skills crisis is addressed. To ensure this recovery leaves nobody behind, we must help more people to upskill and reskill.

“The IoC-led skills bootcamps are designed to provide an accessible route for people to enter or re-enter employment with a job interview at the end. This widens pathways for diverse talent to improve employability and helps to prepare us all for what comes next.”

If you are a prospective learner or employer and are interested in learning more about the IoC-led skills bootcamps, please visit

Notes to Editors

What are Skills Bootcamps?

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up tech skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer. They are being developed by the Government as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs, 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.

How much do they cost?

Skills Bootcamps will be provided at no cost for learners who meet the eligibility criteria and are accepted by a Skills Bootcamp provider onto a specific programme. Please see the IoC Skills Bootcamp listings to view the eligibility requirements. Employers who wish to upskill existing employees through the Skills Bootcamps will receive a 70% discount from standard programme fees.

How do people learn more or apply?

If you are interested in the Skills Bootcamps, please visit

About the Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding (IoC), led by the University of Bath, is a large national consortium of government, employers, educators, and outreach organisations that is co-developing new courses and activities that will help a larger and more diverse group of learners into digital careers through higher education The IoC consortium forms a unique grouping that can leverage multiple perspectives and deliver large-scale teaching capacity. With its excellent track record of engaging learners on innovative, inclusive digital skills courses, the IoC consortium is ideally placed to deliver the expanded skills training that the country needs. The IoC has cleared barriers and delivered collaboration between 35 universities and 200+ employers and outreach organisations to create courses and events enrolling 900,000 learners to date. Importantly, the IoC has also proven that they can diversify access to digital skills through the provision of short, modular learning, with women making up 46% of the learners on IoC online programmes. Visit the IoC website for more information:

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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