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Skills Bootcamp: Digital Skills for Smart Manufacturing

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This Skills Bootcamp will provide knowledge of Machine Learning, Cybersecurity and Internet of Things technologies, all of which are highly transferable and very much in demand in the manufacturing, energy, transport and healthcare sectors.

  • Level Short Course
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City Centre
  • Award N/A
  • Start date February 2023
  • School School of Computing and Digital Technology
  • Faculty Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment


Skills Bootcamps are part of the government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee to help everyone gain skills for life. They are intensive short-term training courses that provide you with an invaluable opportunity to gain sought-after sector-specific skills.

This Skills Bootcamp will provide knowledge of Machine Learning, Cybersecurity and Internet of Things technologies, all of which are highly transferable and very much in demand in the manufacturing, energy, transport and healthcare sectors.

According to recent research by Made Smarter West Midlands, 80% of manufacturers have identified skills gaps in digital technologies, particularly in understanding, managing and securing data. With the accelerated growth in the sector, professionals with the requisite skills, knowledge and digital literacy are highly valued by employers.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

The course will provide solid grounding in the skillsets used in Smart Manufacturing and related industries including:

  • Introduction to data analysis
  • Strategies for data management
  • Machine Learning and its applications
  • Cybersecurity essentials
  • Strategies for securing data in organisations
  • Planning cybersecurity operations
  • Introduction to Internet of Things
  • Business opportunities for Smart systems
  • Smart manufacturing, smart supply chain, smart utilities
  • Planning and designing a Smart Manufacturing solution

The Skills Bootcamp provides guided learning on the latest digital core technologies required in Smart Manufacturing, providing skills which will enable you to identify and apply smart solutions for industry.

The course has been designed by leading academics to create a comprehensive introduction to the core technologies of Smart Manufacturing.

Delivered online - two sessions per week over an eight-week period - the course provides the opportunity to gain additional professional accreditations such as Microsoft certification. The course also offers an applied on-campus session during the final week.

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Fees & How to Apply

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Essential Entry Requirements

  • Meet the Department for Education's Skills for Life eligibility requirements
  • GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C / 4 or above
  • Equivalent level 2 or above qualifications can be accepted
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

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Course Fees:

This Skills Bootcamp is free for self-referring individuals to apply and study. Employers who wish to upskill their personnel using the Skills Bootcamp programme will only be charged between 10% and 30% of the training costs (dependent on business size.) The remainder will be funded by the Department for Education. Please email for more details.

Course Duration

Start date: February 2023

  • Flexible learning
  • Two online sessions per week for eight weeks
  • Access to on campus labs and support
  • Location: Online, with access to facilities at our City Centre Campus if required 

Facilities & Staff

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Our Facilities

As a student in the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you will have access to our labs, software, professional sound studios, computer games labs and industry-standard facilities to develop your practical skills in audio, video and multimedia application development, content creation and more.

We are currently undertaking a £340 million investment programme in our facilities, including a major expansion of our City Centre Campus. This includes our brand new £70 million development, STEAMhouse, which will be the new home to Computing and Digital Technology students. This state-of-the-art centre will give you access to outstanding facilities and equipment, as well as opportunities to collaborate with businesses across multiple sectors and work on real industry-based projects.

Our facilities in Millennium Point have undergone a £6.5million investment with a new maker area, engineering labs/equipment and IT equipment.

Thanks to our partnerships with Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Juniper, SAS and LPI you will have access to the latest technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. Our students also have access to software such as the Adobe Suite including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

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