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Developing our Workforce, we are working with 2 training providers – COSMIC and Bridgwater and Taunton College, to focus on:

  •        giving people skills and confidence to be able to apply for jobs in the NHS and social care
  •        upskilling the health and social care workforce

From January 2021, 12 week ‘bootcamps’ will provide digital skills learning (60 hours) to approximately 50 people in Somerset. These bootcamps have been offered to staff across the health and care system, including care home staff.

The aim is to upskill our health and care workforce in order that attendees are able to either step into a job in the sector, or able to seek promotion/digital champion role, during April-September 2021.

Recognising both the essential need for this initiative and the current COVID pressures on our system, we are seeking extension of these schemes to run further bootcamps in Spring 2021. Promotion has been through digital, workforce and communications teams.

20 people are currently attending in January and further bootcamps will run in February and March 2021.

There are also likely to be 2022 Bootcamps linking with other large organisations in the South West.