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Launch your career in tech: Become a Data Analyst

Demand for data skills has tripled in the past five years and it is one of the fastest growing areas in tech! On this free 10 week Skills Bootcamp in Data Analytics, we’ll provide you with the perfect launchpad to enter this area. This is a Skills Bootcamp– part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs. 

Hear from our previous learners

How it works

You don’t need any existing work experience or qualifications to be part of this training programme. However, you’re more likely to thrive on the programme and in a career as a data analyst if…

  • you enjoy working with numbers (and you’re good at it too), calculations and analysis
  • you like solving problems with a logical, step-by-step approach
  • you’re detail orientated
  • you’re comfortable learning new software programmes like Excel to perform analysis
  • you’re happy doing (or learning to do) a bit of computer programming or coding
  • you’re comfortable working with people to explain, communicate and present your analysis and technical concepts in simple, easy to understand ways

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.
  • Gain an industry recognised Qualification Train towards obtaining the Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals qualification (at £0 cost to you).
  • Connect with hiring employers At the end of the programme, Generation will enrol you to the Graduate Hub, helping you prepare for interviews. We will connect you with employers looking to hire data analysts 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 10th January 2022, but we’ll be selecting the class before the Christmas break… so start your application today! 

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.


Program Length

10 weeks

Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm

Course starts January 2022

Start Date

10 January 2022


  • Aged 19+
  • You like Maths, and are interested in working with numbers
  • Not currently in education, training, or stable employment (we accept those with contracts of 16 hours or less)
  • Have the legal right to work & live in the UK
  • You live in Greater Manchester
  • Available full time for 12 weeks, and ready to start a full time job straight after the course
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Your Journey into Data Analytics

  1. 15 mins 1

    Register your interest

    Fill out some quick details about yourself

  2. 15 mins 2

    Complete a task online

    In your own time, complete a short task related to the programme. You don't need to prepare for this, and there is no time limit.

  3. 2 hours 3

    Join an information session

    You're invited to an information session, where you'll hear from employers and past participants, learn about the curriculum and get top tips on how to be successful in your application.

    After this session, you will need to upload ID and work status documentation to confirm your eligibility.

  4. 2 hours 4

    Interview & 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.

  5. 10 weeks 5

    Complete Course

    Clear your diary for 12 weeks to start this journey with us to become a Data Analyst. Over 12 weeks you'll learn how to:

    * Drive value for an organization and its clients by having a thorough understanding of data, its purpose, and its usage.

    * Design, build, decipher data pipeline to collect, transform, store, and retrieve raw data.

    * Apply structured problem solving techniques to determine solutions.

    * Learn new technical skills to improve performance and stay current in the industry.

    * Apply testing approach, test case design and execution to ensure data accuracy.

    * Conduct data analysis / develop data visualization to identify trends and insights from the data.

    * Effectively communicate data and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.

  6. 2 weeks 6

    Meet hiring employers

    We work behind the scenes to secure exclusive opportunities for Generation Graduates. You choose which of our employers you want to interview with & we support you to land your dream role.

Did you know? £23 - £27K average starting salary for our end roles


What does a Data Analyst Do?

Data, data, data - we are producing more than ever and it is seen as the new most valuable asset of companies. 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.

What makes data so valuable is the analysis of it and how it can be used to make the right decisions - whether this be launching a new product, determining what type of tv series will sell best or even setting a strategy to manage a pandemic - all require data analytics.

Hear first hand what a data analyst does - this example is from a Healthcare company

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:

  • Data quality management: cleaning & processing data, some database querying using SQL
  • Visualisation: PowerBI & Tableau (dashboards, excel reports etc)
  • How to manipulate data to create reports that support or inform business decisions

Don't worry if some of these technical skills aren't familiar to you — you'll learn them on the programme.

Behavior & Mindsets

In every job, there are key skills that will help you be successful. We'll help you learn how to develop the key employability skills to be successful in your role.

  • Growth mindset
  • Future Orientation
  • Persistence
  • Personal Responsibility

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