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Launch your career in tech: Become a data engineer

Data is one of the fastest growing areas in tech. With career paths leading to AI, machine learning and Big Data, now is a great time to join this sector. On this free 12 week bootcamp, we’ll provide you with the perfect launchpad.

You don’t need any existing work experience or qualifications to be part of this training programme. You do need basic Python skills, which we recommend you learn by completing the free Udacity Introduction to Python Programming course.

What we’re offering…

  • Free training You’ll learn all you need to be successful – from programming skills to the employment essentials that will help you achieve your potential.
  • Connect with employers At the end of the programme, Generation will connect you with employers hiring for data engineer roles, support you through your application, and help you transition into your working life.
  • Free travel and lunch And 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.

Applications for our August 2020 cohort have now closed. If you want to hear from us when recruitment for our next programme starts, please do by clicking here. Our next cohort will launch in early 2021.

Covid-19 update – We will launch the programme in line with government social distancing guidance. This may mean the programme launches remotely, and then moves to in-person teaching when this is permitted.

This programme is funded by ESF and Power Up.

Program Length

12 weeks

Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm

4 out of 5 participants have a job within 1 month of graduating
Our education and training partner: PowerUp Logo

Coming Soon

A few simple steps

  1. 15 minutes 1

    Register your interest

    Fill out some quick details about yourself
    Register Interest

  2. 1 hour 2

    Complete some online tasks

    In your own time, complete some short tasks related to the programme. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have any existing knowledge or experience to be able to complete them.

  3. 1/2 day 3

    Come to a taster day

    If you pass the online tasks, you'll be able to sign up for a taster day. You'll hear from employers and past participants, and learn how to be successful in your application.

  4. 6 hours (Udacity online course) 4

    Python quiz

    After the information session, you'll complete a Python Quiz which is based on lessons 1-3 of the Udacity Introduction to Python Programming, which takes around 6 hours. We highly recommend completing this as soon as possible, so you're well prepared by the time you do the quiz.

  5. 2 hours 5

    Interview and ID checks

    We use this time to get to know you better as a person, to learn about your motivation to do the programme, and to understand how we can best support you to complete it successfully.
    You'll also need to bring ID and work status documentation with you to this interview.

  6. 8 hours (Udacity online course) 6

    Conditional offer

    If you're successful at interview, we'll make you a conditional offer based on a final Python quiz, which tests your knowledge of lessons 4-7 of the Udacity Introduction to Python Programming, which takes around 8 hours.

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

"From the programme I developed a new passion, discovered new challenges and set myself completely different goals."
Generation 2019 graduate


  • Basic Python Skills (Complete the free Udacity Introduction to Python Programming to gain these)
  • Aged 18-29
  • Not currently in education, training, or stable employment
  • Available full time for 12 weeks, and ready to start a full time job straight after the course
  • Have the legal right to work & live in the UK
  • You live in a London Borough

What does a Data Engineer do?

Think about how many customers a company like Amazon or eBay has. Millions? Then think about how many items they have online. Billions? And within that, how many types of individual information - names, locations, costs - all evolving all the time.

As a data engineer, you build and maintain the tech systems that enable companies to navigate these huge amounts of data, smoothly and securely.

It’s all about clear thinking, problem-solving and being ready to dive into the detail with your teammates.

Here's Henri, explaining the typical tasks you'll complete as a Data Engineer.

Skills Earned

Technical Skills

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

  • Database fundamentals
  • Programming languages including Python and SQL
  • Agile and scrum methodology
  • Intro to Big Data and machine learning

Don't worry if some of these technical skills aren't familiar to you — you'll learn them on the programme. The only technical skill you need to have before the programme is basic Python - to learn this, you need to complete the Udacity Introduction to Python Programming.

Behavior & Mindsets

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

  • Problem solve effectively
  • Be an awesome team player
  • Organise your time

What your journey will look like

  • 1

    Complete your application and ID checks

    Go through the selection process outlined earlier, including completing the Udacity Introduction to Python Programming course if you don't know Python already.
  • 2

    Meet your mentor

    If you gain a place, you’ll meet with your mentor before the programme starts to make sure you have all the support you need to achieve your potential.
  • 3

    Start your training

    The programme begins! You’ll learn the behaviours, mindsets and technical skills to succeed in the end role.
  • 4

    Get ready for your interview

    As training progresses, you'll work with the Generation team on your interview technique and creating your personal statement for end employers.
  • 5


    Graduate and celebrate your achievement with your friends and family.
  • 6

    Interview and start in your role

    We’ll matchmake you with end employers who have vacancies reserved especially for Generation graduates. We’ll support you to find a role, and then stay in touch as you start in the job.

Ongoing benefits of Generation

A Trusted Network

Continued contact with the Generation graduate network


Events and workshops to help you keep growing

Give Back

Become a mentor to help others


Troubleshoot your job challenges

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are you still running programmes during COVID?

    In line with government advice to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus all in-person training on Generation programmes were suspended as of 20th March 2020. Where possible, classes have been shifted to remote learning and will continue to be taught in this method. As soon as it is viable, we will switch back to in-person classes.  Applications to our programs will remain active via the website, and we look forward to resuming full operations in due course.

  2. I’m not sure which programme I should apply to?

    Not to worry, we understand that there are lots of programmes to pick from. We would recommend that you have a go at our quiz here which should help you with deciding the best type of tech programme for you.

  3. Can I apply for more than one programme?

    You are allowed to apply for as many programmes as you like, please note that you must use a different email address for each programme that you apply for, otherwise, our system will not allow you to start an application.

  4. How much does this programme cost?

    The programme is free for all applicants.

  5. How can I apply for a programme?

    Navigate to the programme page and select the register your interest button OR the apply button. If there is an option to register your interest, this means that we are not currently receiving applications and that we will make contact with you as soon as programmes are open.

  6. Once I register my details the application shows a blank page?

    If your application does not load after the registration page, please make sure that you have confirmed your email address (this may have gone into your junk/spam folder), enable cookies on your browser and then log back into the Generation portal.


  7. My application is under review, how long is this going to take?

    Please note that it can take up to 2 weeks for your application to move onto the next stage of the process. If you have not heard back in 2 weeks then get in touch with us.

  8. Why was my application rejected?

    Your application was rejected as you have not met one of our programmes criteria’s OR not scored the minimum number of points on a test in the application cycle. Please ensure that you take a read of these on the programme page. Common reasons for why you may have been rejected are because on the application you have selected an option that means you:

    • Do not meet the age criteria for the programme
    • Do not live in the catchment area
    • Are currently working over 16 hours per week
    • Will be in full-time education or training at the start of the programme
    • Do not have the right to live and work in the UK
    • Are not available for the full duration of the programme
    • Are not able to start a job straight after the programme is complete
    • Did not score the minimum number of points on one of our tasks to move onto the next stage
  9. Why do you not support people outside of the 18-29 category?

    Generation is currently funded to support young people aged 18 – 29. However, we are exploring offering programmes to other age groups. We would encourage you to periodically visit our website as we are frequently adding to the opportunities we offer.

  10. I don’t live in the UK, but I am interested – can I apply?

    Providing that you have the legal right to live and work in the UK we would be happy to receive your application. If this is not you, Generation does have offices in over 13 other countries around the world. Take a look here to see if we run programmes where you live https://www.generation.org/.

  11. Am I guaranteed a job with this programme?

    All Generation graduates are guaranteed a job interview with a hiring employer once they have successfully completed the course.