The Project Digital bootcamp is the unique way in which Project Digital (the apprenticeship course we run and deliver in partnership with Themis) starts each cohort. The bootcamp lasts five days and is filled with invaluable training to help our apprentices develop skills and insight that can be directly transferred to their roles with their employers, some of which include the Calico Group, Zimpli Kids and Group First.
This bootcamp training day at EKM will mark the first visit to the e-commerce giants impressive Preston premises. Established in 2002, EKM were the first cloud based eCommerce platform in the UK, and remain the country’s largest platform for building and running eCommerce websites. Powering over 30,000 online shops worldwide and having generated excess of £5 billion in sales worldwide, EKM are an impressive Lancashire business, and we’re confident that paying a visit to a high achieving digital employer will be an inspiring and profound experience for the talented new apprentices.
Unveiled in 2017, EKM runs out of a £3.5 million Fulwood-based development that houses 85 employees and boasts a Airstream caravan meeting space, three storey metal slide, table tennis, gym, games consoles, deck chairs and an industrial sized kitchen. The advancement from MD Antony’s Burnley bedroom, where the company was founded, to the Preston-based EKM headquarters (a location chosen for its transport links) in just 15 years proves that digital businesses locally can blossom. Google and Facebook partner EKM, as well as other Lancashire digital business such as +24 Marketing, AMS Neve, Seriun, CheckedSafe and many more, are testament enough to the power and potential of our local digital and tech sector.
The evolution of EKM, from registering the ekmPowerShop.com in April of 2002 to where the business is now, has been driven by its founder and MD, Antony Chesworth. As part of the bootcamp, Antony will be speaking to the Project Digital apprentices about his journey and career, EKM’s current focus and digital’s potential.
Project Digital February cohort bootcamp takes the apprentices to other successful local businesses’ premises, including Seriun IT, who previously delivered training to PD’s Level 3 apprentices. The daily sessions when not visiting exciting local firms take place at The Landmark, Burnley’s first digitally-focused co-working community space that has proven itself to be the showpiece of the town’s thriving tech and digital sector.