This week is National Coding Week – an initiative that aims to encourage adults to learn computer coding and other digital skills.
The digital industry is fast becoming the most employable sector in Britain yet it faces a skills gap when it comes to the appropriate expertise.
Children can inspire adults
Children are part of a confident “Digital Generation” having grown up with the internet, smart phones and coding classes.
However, many adults feel they have missed out on the digital revolution and are keen to know more. These include parents, teachers, business leaders, the unemployed, people changing careers and those already employed but wishing to upskill.
Computing students have been using Code Academy this week as part of National Coding Week. This is an online interactive platform that offers coding classes in 12 different programming languages. Find out more information on computing courses at the College.
Children aged 7 to 17 years can teach their grown up to code at the next CoderDojo Ayrshire at the STEM Centre, Dumfries House on 29 September 2016 from 6pm to 7.30pm. Click here to book.
National Coding Week is the brainchild of Richard Rolfe and Jordan Love of Codex DLD, a tech business that helps adults to make the most of digital opportunities.
Rolfe said, “The UK Government made computer coding compulsory in schools from September 2014 which is great for future generations but does not tackle the skills shortage that exists today. National Coding Week is all about empowering adults to take advantage of digital opportunities. We’d encourage everyone to take part, if I can learn to code aged 51 then anyone can!”
National Coding Week for Adults was launched in September 2014 in a bid to tackle the UK’s growing digital skills shortage. It has become an annual event where people within the digital industry are being urged to share their expertise with the aim of getting as many adults as possible to learn the basics of coding.
The key aims of National Coding Week are to:
- Encourage adults of any age to learn an element of computer coding
- Encourage digital experts to share their skills
- Collaborate, share, learn and have fun!
This is a great way to get coding whether you are brand new to computing or a digital wizard.
Are you interested in building an app, or making a website, or designing a game, virtual reality, wearable technology, using code to make music or art? Find out more at www.nationalcodingweek.com