Free training courses in skilled trades for Dorset adults


Bournemouth & Poole College are offering adults in Dorset the chance to upskill or re-train through government-funded skills bootcamps.


#Train4Tomorrow offers free, high quality, digital and technical training to employed and unemployed adults. The training is designed by industry to meet their open vacancies.
Ten training providers across
the South West, including Bournemouth & Poole College, are offering adults access to 12-16 week intensive training courses to help them to boost existing skills or retrain for free.

Who can take part

The courses are open to all adults aged 19+ who are employed or self-employed, career returners or those who have been unemployed for less than 12 months and looking to upskill or re-train.

Free welding and marine electrical bootcamps
The Bournemouth & Poole College is offering free 12-week bootcamps in welding and marine electrical. Both courses are taught two days a week, and offer a guaranteed interview with a local employer upon completion.

The bootcamps have been developed alongside industry partners to upskill adults who have no prior experience in the sectors, and are looking to retrain for a new career.
During the Bournemouth & Poole College bootcamps, learners will gain practical skills and knowledge in welding or marine electrical to prepare them for progression onto an apprenticeship, further study, or employment.

No experience necessary

Simone Tyrie, Employment & Skills Project Coordinator at Train4Tomorrow, says: “The programme offers adults in Dorset access to free and flexible training programmes with little or no experience required.

The courses, worth up to
£3,000, have been developed in response to regional skills gaps and help people access secure and well-paid employment.
The free courses run for an intensive 12-16 weeks, meaning people juggling employment, and or caring responsibilities can gain skills quickly, and start putting them into practice as soon as they complete the course.”

A new career

One learner who has taken advantage of the opportunity to retrain in welding is Jac Bunney. Jac reflects: “I loved metal work when I was at school in the 80s, but a career in welding just wasn’t something which was considered an option for girls back then.
“Now that my children have grown up and left home, I felt it was time to do something for me. I absolutely love it and it’s definitely the way I want to take my career.”

Nigel Smalley, Director of Learning for Engineering & Construction at Bournemouth & Poole College, says:

“The bootcamps are crucial in helping employers meet industry demands, and encouraging more people in the area to develop in-demand skills. We are delighted to be partnering with local employers Sunseeker and Iracroft to fast-track our learners to interviews, and meet local labour needs.”

If you’re looking to learn new skills or to update your existing knowledge visit train4tomorrow. to discover a range of digital and technical courses. Digital and Technical Skills Bootcamps are open for applications for January and February start dates. If you’d like to apply directly to the courses at Bournemouth & Poole College, starting on the 18th January (welding) and 19th January (marine electrical), go to



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