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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. This is a Skills Bootcamp – part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs.

What jobs could I do after completing the programme?

This programme trains you to become a Data Engineer, a person whose job is to build and maintain the tech systems that enable companies to navigate huge amounts of data, smoothly and securely. Similar job titles include Data Architect and Solutions Architect.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is open to anyone aged 19+ who is living in Greater Manchester 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.

We are looking for learners who:

  • have basic Python Skills (Complete the free Udacity Introduction to Python Programming to gain these)
  • like solving problems with a logical, step-by-step approach
  • have good attention to detail
  • feel comfortable with the idea of learning new software programmes, such as Microsoft Excel
  • are happy doing (or learning to do) a bit of computer programming or coding

What will you gain from the programme?

  • It’s free! Gain all the skills you need to kickstart a career in the tech industry, at no cost
  • Average estimated starting salary from £25-30k in your first role and access to future progression opportunities
  • Grow in confidence and resilience, while building your first professional network in the classroom.

What do we offer?

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

12 weeks

Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm


  • Basic Python Skills (Complete the free Udacity Introduction to Python Programming to gain these)
  • Aged 19 or over
  • 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 Greater Manchester
Get connected With hiring employers after graduation
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A few simple steps

  1. 10 minutes 1

    Application Form

    Fill out some quick details about yourself
    Register Interest

  2. 30 minutes 2

    Complete a short task

    In your own time, please complete an online task. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have any existing knowledge or experience to do this.

  3. 2 hours 3

    Event - Find out more!

    This event has passed - when you apply, we will send you a recording.

    - Gain an insight into a career in tech support with an employer
    - Receive a taster session from our course instructor
    - Learn about the Generation experience from previous participants
    - Find out more about our IT Support programme and next steps

  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. 1 hour 5


    We'll invite you along to a briefing session and go over the interview questions with you so there are no surprises! You will then record your interview in your own time.

  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. 12 weeks long 7

    Start Course!

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

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 19 or over
  • 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 Greater Manchester


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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.
  • 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