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National Coding Week, 19th – 23rd September

National Coding Week set to provide a week of digital taster sessions and be the launch of a new digital enrichment programme for children and adults.

On Monday 19th September, The Digital Greenhouse will be kicking off a programme of coding and robotics to celebrate National Coding Week 2016, sponsored for the third year by JT.

National Coding Week has in three years grown into a truly international event. The event’s aim is to inspire people to learn coding and other digital skills during the week, with the ambition that these ‘taster’ sessions will be, for some, the first steps in a new career in the growing digital sector.

The week is being organised and based in the Digital Greenhouse, co­ constructed by a range of industry experts, government and support agencies. This pan­ sector approach has led to a diverse week of free “Cake ‘n’ Code” lunchtime events, designed to provide introduction and inspiration for people to move beyond just consuming technology and instead consider becoming the creator. The week kicks off with an exciting opportunity for team work, with a Lego Robot Challenge. Get online and register your team, attend Monday evening and start your build. Teams have until Thursday evening, where they will pitch their robot against the awesome challenge course, competing for the first Digital ACE Robo­award!

Barclays will be running Cake ‘n’ Code sessions using BBC micro:bits and Scratch, including visually inclusive software to support visually impaired individuals. In addition to the open public sessions, Barclays are also working with the Digital Greenhouse to provide a digital skills session for employment with the HUB, Action for Children and the Employment Trust.

C5 Alliance will be running two Cake ‘n’ Code sessions, setting awesome programming challenges through www.hackerrank.com, giving people the first steps to develop or sharpen coding skills.

Lucy Witham (Education Officer for Learning Technology) one of the organisers said, “The purpose is to develop opportunities to grow awareness, passion and skills in digital technologies in a fun and engaging way, as the first step in assisting with diversifying people’s skills for the workplace. Given the importance of digital careers for the Island, it is pertinent that we raise the profile of the skills needed to harness future opportunities.”

Organisers of National Coding Week say, “The UK digital economy has grown enormously in the past 8 years and clusters of digital businesses are springing up everywhere. It has been reported that 50% of digital product developers are self ­taught and as many as 83% of app developers have taught themselves. There are now more people working in tech jobs in the south east of England than the whole of California but there is a skills shortage and many adults could contribute to the digital economy if they had the confidence to get started.”

Friday will conclude the week with a lunch and learn event showcasing digital skills pathways, providing information on how to take the next steps in your learning, qualifications and career opportunities available on ­island through the GTA and CFE.

Beyond the week, the Digital Greenhouse are also launching their community skills programme in the form of their Digital Learning Centre. On offer are a range of community clubs and groups to complement established qualification pathways, including adult coding and robotics clubs, where people can sign up to a six week programme working with BBC micro:bits, programmable Lego and software to develop digital skills. Not to be left out, our young people are being offered the same experience through after school clubs in both Coding, Programming and Robotics (aged 10+) and a Creative Innovators club (aged 14+) for young people looking to build careers in digital marketing, design and the creative sector.

Speaking about the clubs, Lance Plunkett (Digital Ambassador for the Digital Greenhouse) said, “Whether the younger generation choose a career in the digital sector or not, it’s essential they have a basic understanding of digital as it applies to all aspects of life and business now ­ travel, sport, the arts, banking, construction, just to name a few. The Coding Clubs concept is a brilliant and fun way for kids to develop their skills further and to equip them for their futures in whatever industry they choose.”

There are currently a range of companies and agencies involved. These include:

Sign up online for all events and clubs at www.digitalgreenhouse.gg and then join us for the launch of the Lego Robot Challenge at 5.30pm Monday 19th September. More information about National Coding Week is available at w ww.codingweek.org

National Coding Week is kindly sponsored by JT Global and Codex DLD.

For more information about this story and any further media enquiries please contact:

Keith Wilen: keith@digitalgreenhouse.com or Lucy Witham: lucy.witham@gov.gg

National Coding Week, the week­long event offering adults an insight into digital industries, is set to return for the third time in 2016. With events planned up and down the country, National Coding Week will give adults an opportunity to learn how to write computer code, and potentially open the door to a new career. National Coding Week will take place from 19th to 23rd September 2016.

For more information go to www.nationalcodingweek.com @CodingWeek #NationalCodingWeek

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