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Become a Data Analyst

This programme has been developed in partnership with Microsoft.

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 11 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.

What jobs could I do after completing the programme?

This programme trains you to become a Data Analyst, a person whose job is to gather and interpret data in order to solve a specific problem for a business. Similar job titles include Research Analyst, or Data Scientist.

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 without university degrees, and those aged under 30.

We are looking for learners who:

  • enjoy working with numbers, calculations and analysis
  • 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
  • are comfortable working with other people, and like the idea of presenting or explaining your findings in simple, easy to understand ways

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 £23-27k in your first role and access to future progression opportunities
  • Grow in confidence and resilience, while building your first professional network in the classroom.
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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. All programmes are delivered fully remote.
  • 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 and coaching 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

Program Length

11 weeks

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Start Date

12 February 2024


  • Aged 19+ as at 31st August 2023
  • You like Maths, and are interested in working with numbers
  • Not currently in education, training, or stable employment
  • Have lived in the UK/EEA for the past 3 years
  • Have the legal right to work & live in the UK
  • Currently living in Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, or Coventry
  • Available full time for 11 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


    Fill out some quick details about yourself and submit your eligibility documents

  2. 1 hour 30 mins 2

    EVENT: Discover Data Analytics

    When the programme launches we will invite you to an event, 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.

    Register here: https://generationinitiative.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bJp18qqYTryQU8cLcgN5tg

  3. 20 mins 3

    Online Task

    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.

  4. 1 hour 4


    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.

  5. 11 weeks 5

    Start Course

    Clear your diary for 11 weeks to start this journey with us to become a Data Analyst. Over 11 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.

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


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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

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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


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