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Launch your tech career with Microsoft Azure Cloud

The Microsoft Azure Cloud bootcamp is a free 12 week programme designed to kickstart your career in tech — the programme is delivered with support from our partners at Microsoft and will prepare you to work in cloud engineering roles that use the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

By the end of the boot-camp, you’ll be able to perform engineering tasks related to building, extending and maintaining software and services running on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Platform, preparing you to work in teams of tech professionals at a wide variety of different organisations.

As part of the boot-camp, you’ll complete the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals qualifications, which will help set you up for success in future roles.

What jobs could I do after completing the programme?

This programme trains you to become a Cloud Engineer – a cloud engineer is an IT professional responsible for technological duties related to cloud computing, including design, maintenance and support.

Generation and Microsoft teams have worked closely with employers to build a course teaching what you exactly what you need know to be successful in a tech career from day one.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is open to anyone aged 19+ as at 31st August 2023 who is living in London and currently unemployed or working on a zero-hours contract.

You don’t need any qualifications or experience to apply and we encourage applications from groups under-represented in the tech industry – particularly women, those without university degrees and those aged under 30.

Listen to some of our graduates speak about what it’s like to study on one of our programmes:

What can we offer you?

  • Free training –  You’ll learn all you need to be successful in a cloud engineering career – from the coding languages and technical knowledge of cloud computing to the employment skills that will help you fulfil your potential.
  • Free qualifications:
    • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certificate – you’ll be prepared for and sit this exam as part of the programme
  • Connect with employers – At the end of the programme, Generation will connect you with employers hiring for cloud engineer roles, support you through your application, and help you transition into your working life.
  • Free IT support – if you need a laptop, webcam, or internet connectivity to help you access the boot-camp, we’ll provide it while you study, free of charge
  • Continue to receive your benefits –If you’re receiving universal credit or other benefits, we’ll work with you to make sure you continue to receive these during the programme.

All Generation bootcamps are delivered online via Zoom.

Program Length

12 weeks

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Start Date

8 April 2024

Requirements

  • Aged 19+ as at 31st August 2023
  • Available for 12 weeks, and ready to start a full time job straight after the course
  • Not currently in education, training or stable employment (zero-hours contracts are accepted)
  • Have lived in the UK or European Economic Area for a minimum of 3 years
  • Have the relevant Right to Work in the UK (Student Visas, Graduate Visas, Skilled Worker Visas and Youth Mobility Visas not eligible)
  • Can demonstrate your interest in a career in technology
  • Currently living in a London borough
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A few simple steps

Take a look at the application journey
  1. 10 minutes 1

    Application Form

    Fill out some quick details about yourself to confirm your eligibility. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you'll then go through to the "Your Details" section so we can find out a little bit more about you, to enable us to provide the right support and advice.

  2. 2 hours 2

    Information Session - Find out more!

    A live, interactive information session. If you are unable to attend, or this event has passed when you apply, we will send you a recording.

    In this session, you will:

    - Gain an insight into a career in Google Cloud and hear from an employer
    - Receive an overview of what you'll learn from the course instructor
    - Learn about the Generation experience from previous participants
    - Find out more about our Google Cloud programme and next steps

    Come prepared with any questions you want to ask us!

  3. 20 minutes 3

    Complete a short task

    Please complete an online task. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have any existing knowledge or experience to do this. This task has been designed to help us understand where your current knowledge levels are to then provide the right guidance throughout the rest of the process. There is a time limit on the task, so make sure you are able to focus with no distractions.

  4. 10 minutes 4

    Document Uploads

    Upload some documents to confirm your Right to Work in the UK and your current Employment Status, along with Proof of Address. We will need to see these documents before we can give you an offer for the course.

  5. Up to 3 hours to read the W3 Schools tutorial and complete the quiz 5

    Python Quiz

    After the information session, you'll complete a Python Quiz which is based on the Syntax, Variables, Numbers and Strings sections of the W3 Schools Python Tutorial.

    The quiz itself should take around 10 minutes. There is also a 10 minute video provided during your application which covers the sections on the above website. We highly recommend reviewing the W3 Schools Tutorial before you attempt the quiz, so you're well prepared.

  6. 1 hour for interview and group chat 6

    Interview & Group Task

    Complete a short interview to help us understand a bit more about why you're interested in the programme. We provide a video in your online application which explains how the online interview works. You will then record your interview at a time that suits you.

    Afterwards, you'll take part in an interactive online chat with fellow applicants to complete a fun group activity together that looks at your communication and teamwork skills.

  7. 30 minutes 7

    Mentor Conversation

    If the programme seems like a good fit for you after your interview and group activity, we will invite you to have a conversation with someone from our mentorship team to find out what support you may need if successful in gaining a place on the bootcamp.

  8. 2 weeks 8

    Offer & Welcome

    If successful, we'll make you a conditional offer to join our 12 week bootcamp in time for the welcome period, which starts 2 weeks before the course start date. During the welcome period, you'll take part in a few online activities to get to know the amazing bootcamp staff who will be supporting you throughout your training.

  9. 12 weeks 9

    Start your bootcamp!

    Clear your diary for 12 weeks to start this remote learning journey with us to become a Google Cloud Engineer!

Did you know? £25 - £30K average starting salary for our end roles



“I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that my Generation programme provided me and I would strongly recommend the Generation experience to others.”
Janine, 2020 graduate

Location

This programme is delivered in partnership with:

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What is a Cloud Engineer?

Cloud technology underpins everything we experience online. From Netflix to Facebook, Reddit to the BBC, lots of companies around the world use Microsoft Azure and cloud services to power their businesses.

Cloud Engineers perform the coding and software engineering that brings the architect’s vision to life. They merge traditional programming skills with specialized knowledge in one or more of the leading cloud platforms' development environments to build, deploy and optimize cloud-based applications.

A Cloud Engineer's daily responsibilities and tasks include:

- Implementing alerts that warn engineers when something is going wrong, or is likely to go wrong soon.
- Troubleshooting errors for cloud infrastructure
- Deploying software and/or configuration to fleets of computers based on defined rules and processes.
- Writing and update documentation and knowledge base articles for internal and external readers
- Creating cloud resources (cloud servers, databases, etc) from the web console, command line or using infrastructure as code tools like Terraform.

Skills Earned

Technical Skills


We'll help you learn the technical skills with lots of hands-on, interactive sessions. By the end, you'll understand:

  • Introduction to Cloud Engineer role
  • Workplace strategies
  • Communication strategies
  • Programming foundations
  • Computing foundations
  • Networking foundations
  • Linux operations
  • Platform operations
  • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certificate

Don't worry if some of these technical skills aren't familiar to you — we'll teach you everything on the programme. To explore if you'll enjoy the course content, we recommend trying out some free online coding courses such as Codeacademy or Freecodecamp.

Behavior & Mindsets


In every job, there are key skills that will help you be successful. We'll help you learn how to:

  • Be proactive
  • Communicate effectively with team members
  • Tackle any problem
  • Prioritize and manage your time
  • Work in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders

Preparing you for employment


We'll also spend time teaching you how to thrive in work through:

  • Employment Essentials sessions - including interview skills, CV writing
  • Social Support and Mentorship sessions
  • Community sessions - giving you a support network after your time with us

How we prepare you

In a world of job training programs, Generation takes a different approach to help you succeed. Generation instructors and mentors get to know each student and are there with resources, tools, and information if a student encounters a barrier.

Coaching

The instructors and mentors at Generation aren't just teachers, they're coaches who stand by their students through successes and challenges.

CV Building

The right CV can open the door to new career opportunities. Generation students learn how to create a CV that showcases their skills and experiences.

Interview Rehearsal

By conducting mock interviews, then providing real-time feedback and coaching, the Generation team ensures that all graduates feel confident and prepared to interview.

Ongoing Support

After graduation, mentors and instructors continue to check in with alums, providing support with the job search and advice for continued success.

Ongoing benefits of Generation

A Trusted Network

Continued contact with the Generation graduate network

Events

Events and workshops to help you keep growing

Give Back

Become a mentor to help others

Support

Troubleshoot your job challenges