Generation seeks to close the skills gap for young people.

Region London, Birmingham, Manchester
Scale 37,000 globally
Funding Structure Registered charity with funding from public and private employer-funded placement model 
2019/2020 Employer Partners 40+ partners across all sectors, including Sainsbury’s, Sony Playstation, Cancer Research UK and PA Consulting

Generation transforms education to employment systems to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Launched in 2015, Generation is a global non-profit organisation. Their mission is to transform education to employment systems to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Generation believes in a meaningful career and sustained well-being for every person, anywhere in the world. They are working to make this vision a reality through their global employment program, which recruits, trains, and places disconnected learners into jobs.

Through their program adults of all ages—whether unemployed, underemployed, or needing to learn new skills—can connect to the training, support, and jobs to change their path.

They solve a wide range of employer challenges—skilled talent shortages, lack of diversity, lackluster on-the-job performance, reskilling needs, and higher turnover in important roles—with our unique approach and our determined graduates.

84% of our employers say that Generation graduates perform better than average.

Case StudY

Hear from Jacob (25) who graduated from the Data Engineering Bootcamp in August 2020 and went on to secure a permanent role in a new career.

Before Generation

Before Generation I was doing part time work, with no clear idea of what I wanted to do for a career. I was feeling pessimistic about the future as I had been out of work for over 12 months. My work coach told me about the 12-week Data Engineering Bootcamp with Generation. I decided to apply as I had started programming in my spare time and enjoyed it.

I attended the Taster Session, where Generation explained a bit about what they did, and it was clear that they were very supportive of people with different levels of experience. At the interview, I also had a conversation with the programme mentor (provided by the Prince’s Trust), and I remember finding them very personable and easy to talk to.

The Data Engineering Bootcamp

The Generation Bootcamp helped me to helped me gain the communication skills needed to work effectively in a team. I also had lots of opportunities to practice interviews and presentations.

Due to COVID-19, our Bootcamp was 100% remote delivery and we had to work in groups for our final project.  Although working in a team could be challenging without being able to meet in person, everyone was very supportive of each other, and I learnt a lot about giving and receiving effective feedback.

To me, Generation means Community, Support, Teamwork.

How my life has changed…

Personally, the Generation programme has helped me to understand that failure is a necessary part of trying new things, through the Growth Mindset I am much better able to learn new skills and be confident in spite of any mistakes or challenges I face.

About 3 months after the Generation Bootcamp, I accepted a full-time role as a consultant for a firm that specialises in helping clients through their digital transformation. As a consultant I will be using multiple platforms and programming languages depending on the customer. I will be working with the latest DevOps tools and cloud platforms as a full stack engineer.

Generation helped me secure this career starting role, as they gave me a lot of CV feedback and supported me with interview techniques. The Generation Bootcamp allowed me to get familiar with the skills that employers are looking for in this sector and ensured that I had plenty of projects and skills to show off to employers.

My Future

I am feeling very confident about my future career prospects now! I’ve managed to get a great job that I could never have got without the technical and soft skills I built during the Generation Bootcamp.

My Advice

For anyone considering applying to a Generation Bootcamp, I’d say, Go for it! Don’t worry if you don’t feel qualified – the whole point of training programmes like this is to help people who aren’t qualified yet. As long as you’re willing to work hard you will learn a lot of new skills, and everyone around you will help you through any difficulties you face.

Throughout my time at Generation I was impressed by the willingness of my colleagues in the course as well as the instructors to help and support each other when we found things difficult. This support continued after the course when we started our job hunts, so I never felt that I had to struggle through difficulties alone.

Click here to visit Generation’s website.