National Coding Week aiming to boost digital skills

Cocktails and coding, the search for digital beacons and a live coding session are among activities taking place during National Coding Week from16 September.

Joe Lepper | 13th Sep 19
National Coding Week

Charities, schools and businesses are hosting a raft of activity to encourage people to take part in coding and learn digital skills.

National Coding Week starts on 16 September. It is run by a volunteer led organisation of the same name and wants to build people’s digital skills and confidence, involving groups UK wide.

Among activities is a ‘cocktails and coding’ event being staged by Scottish digital skills academy CodeClan.

Meanwhile, Barclays’ Digital Eagles initiative, which supports firms and community groups with their digital skills, is running a Code Playground Live session. This involves a coding session being broadcast live via the Barclays Digital Eagles Youtube channel for use by schools across the country. This takes place on 18 September at 10am.

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Elsewhere Google is also getting involved by offering a free introduction to coding course in central London from 16-18 September.

Code and stuff, a coding and networking group in Manchester, is to host a range of events to introduce peopke to different aspects of working in the technology sector.

For the week of activity National Coding Week has been looking for digital beacons among organisations. These are those that have strong digital skills and a passion for teaching.

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“Almost 90% of jobs require digital skills and there is a huge skills gap – National Coding Week was established to help adults as well as children to be inspired to learn something new. We are all volunteers but want to make a difference,” said a National Coding Week statement.

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