College holds new skills boot camp to help boost jobs

South Devon College boot camp youngsters

South Devon College boot camp - Credit: Roy Riley

A new Skills Bootcamp is being held at South Devon College.

Following on from the popular Skills Bootcamp in Digital, this new Bootcamp is aimed at anyone interested in a career in the engineering construction industry.

The flexible course,  part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs, gives people the opportunity to build up sector specific skills and fast track them to an interview with a local employer.

The programme has been developed in partnership with Willmott Dixon, Midas, BAM Nutall and Keir Construction. Key elements of the course include renewable energy technology, water treatment, digital construction and commercial management.

Participants will benefit from continuous formative  assessment for two weeks with one of the four employers through employer hubs.

Henry Kaminarides, 24, from Bovey Tracey has signed up after finding it hard to find a job after leaving university.

He said: “I graduated from the University of Plymouth in Cyber Security at the start of the pandemic which made finding jobs very difficult. I used this time given to me to really think about what career I want to do.  

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“I applied for this role because I want to gain valuable experience and knowledge within the construction industry. I have always been fascinated with construction from how things are designed/built, going from a plot of land to a residential or commercial development.”

The programme will be led by Andrew Finch and will be flexible and adaptable, including online face to face with employers co-delivering masterclasses and offering work experience.

Fallon Hart, Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator at Kier Construction, said: “This bootcamp is a brilliant idea to entice and encourage new people into the construction industry."

For more information on this fully funded course and how to apply, visit