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Launch your career in tech: Become a data engineer

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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. Take the Where Do I Belong in Tech Quiz to see if this is the right programme for you.

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. All programmes are delivered fully remote during Covid.
  • Connect with hiring employers At the end of the programme, Generation will enrol you to the Generation Academy, helping you prepare for interviews. We will connect you with employers looking to hire data engineers at the time, support you in job applications, and help you transition into your working life.
  • Mentor support during and 6 months post programme
  • Continue to receive your benefits if you are receiving Universal Credit or other work-related benefits such as JSA or ESA, we will work with you to make sure you continue to receive these during the programme.

Our next course will launch in 2022.

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.

Program Length

12 weeks

Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm

Start Date

22 November 2021
4 out of 5 participants have a job within 1 month of graduating
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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 1-2 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. 6 hours (Udacity online course) 6

    Conditional Programme offer

    If you're successful at interview, we'll make you a conditional offer to join our 12 week bootcamp.

    To start on day one you'll need to be able to demonstrate some Python Practical Knowledge, which will be based on lessons 3-5 of the Udacity Introduction to Python Programming, this will take about 6 hours

  7. 7

    Start Course

    Clear your diary for 12 weeks to start this journey with us to become a Junior Data Engineer in just 12 weeks

Did you know? £25 - £30K average 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+
  • Not currently in education, training, or stable employment i.e. you are on a zero hours contract
  • 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

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. You'll join the Generation Academy programme for job application support.
  • 6

    Interview and start in your role

    We’ll matchmake you with employers who may be hiring at the time and support you in your interviews. We’ll support you to find a role, and the mentor will stay in touch for 6 months post programme

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