Free Short Courses for Digital and Tech Careers

These fully-funded programmes combine specialist training, personal support, and connections with employers to deliver in-demand skills and create real career opportunities.

Whether you’re seeking an apprenticeship, exploring the sector, changing career, or looking to develop new skills, our short courses can help you achieve your goals.

Digital Marketing Academy

Digital Marketing Bootcamp

Software Development Academy

Data Skills Accelerator

What are the Benefits of Enrolling?

Grow Your Skills & CV

Our beginner-friendly courses deliver a supercharged package of skills that our employers need most. Through our academies and bootcamps, you’ll build your understanding of the industry and put theory into practice through hands-on projects that look great on your CV.

Get Real Career Opportunities

Our short courses have been designed to kickstart careers. After completing the programme, our team will help you plan your next steps, including connecting you with our apprenticeship opportunities, helping you to develop advanced skills and turn your passion into a career.

Test Drive an Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is an amazing way to gain an industry-recognised qualification whilst building experience and earning a wage within a real job role. Our short courses are delivered in the same way as our apprenticeship training – ideal for sampling our training and working out if an apprenticeship programme is right for you.

Develop Your Network

Connect, explore, and share insights with others making a similar career journey. Join our virtual SMART Classroom and learn in real-time as part of a small and friendly group.

"The training was a great way to enhance my current skills and explore new areas of thinking and working. Our tutor was very patient and supportive in guiding us through the course material, making the lessons fun and engaging all the way through."

Talent Development FAQs

Who are the Talent Development short courses for?

Our short courses are for people aged 19+ with an interest in starting a digital career. If you’re unemployed, in part-time or temporary work, wanting to change careers, or looking get started in this exciting sector, our programmes offer expert training and personal support to help you start your dream career.

As our courses are funded through a range of sources, including government and local authority grants, some courses are restricted to specific geographical areas. Please see the individual course pages for further information.

How can Talent Development short courses help advance my career?

Our short courses are an excellent way to dive into a new career path, building an understanding of the industry alongside key skills that employers look for. While some courses deliver a supercharged package of skills over a single week, others include up to 8 weeks of expert training and support.

Our short courses deliver a taster of your chosen industry and can help you develop essential skills for your CV, whilst demonstrating your commitment for future employers.

While our short courses won’t give you everything you need to start working in your dream job right away, we offer an accessible route into your chosen career through digital and tech apprenticeships.

An apprenticeship is a full-time job with a recognised qualification built-in. If you choose to progress onto an apprenticeship programme, our team will work with you to provide personal support and connect you with established apprentice employers in your local area to help match you to an exciting role.

Short courses are sometimes called “pre-apprenticeship programmes” as they are a great way to prepare for an apprenticeship programme and hit the ground running on your training.

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