Launch your career in Tech!

AWS re/Start is a free 12 week bootcamp to kickstart your career in tech as a Cloud Support Practitioner.

What jobs could I do after completing the programme?

This programme trains you to become a AWS Cloud Support Practitioner – a Cloud Practitioner is someone who works with cloud technology to design and develop cloud-based solutions for companies. AWS stands for Amazon Web Services, a popular cloud platform.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is open to anyone aged 19+ as at 31st August 2023 who is living in the West Midlands 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 aged under 30 and those without university degrees.

We are looking for learners who:

  • enjoy working with technology but don’t have much or any experience
  • enjoy problem solving and thinking creatively to find solutions
  • like to work in a team to complete tasks or challenges

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 £22-26k in your first role and access to future progression opportunities
  • Grow in confidence and resilience, while building your first professional network in the classroom.

Hear more from programme graduate Javeriyah below, who became a Systems Engineer after completing AWS re/Start.

  • Free training and qualification You’ll learn all you need to be successful in a cloud technology career – from the coding languages & technical knowledge of cloud computing to the employment skills that will help you achieve your potential. At the end of the programme you’ll be ready to take your AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification – and we’ll fund you to do it.
  • Connect with employers At the end of the programme, Generation will connect you with employers hiring for cloud and devops 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
  • Continued financial support – 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.

This programme is delivered in collaboration with AWS (Amazon Web Services).

Program Length

12 weeks

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Start Date

6 August 2024
Delivered in collaboration with: AWS re/start Logo

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 AWS 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 AWS re/Start 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 AWS Cloud Practitioner!

Did you know? £22 - £26K average starting salary for our end roles

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that the AWS re/Start programme provided me and I would strongly recommend the programme to others.”
Janine, 2020 graduate


  • Aged 19+ as at 31st August 2023
  • Available full time 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 Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, or Coventry


Funded by

  • West Midlands Combined Authority Logo
  • Verizon Logo

What is an AWS Cloud Support Practitioner?

Cloud technology underpins everything we experience online. From Netflix to Facebook, Reddit to the BBC, millions of companies around the world use Amazon Web Services and the Cloud to power their businesses.

As a Cloud Support Practitioner, you'll support businesses to find cloud-based solutions for their challenges. It's a creative role, with a lot of teamwork and problem-solving.

Hear our grads' experiences of the programme below, and head to our instagram and twitter to find out more.

Amazon Web Services, the “Powered by AWS” logo are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.

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:

  • IT fundamentals - Linux, Security, Databases
  • Python programming basics
  • AWS services - preparing you to become a certified cloud practitioner

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:

  • Tackle any problem
  • Work in a team
  • Organise your time

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.


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 and workshops to help you keep growing

Give Back

Become a mentor to help others


Troubleshoot your job challenges