Coding clubs train up new tech-savvy workforce
Published: Tuesday 13th December 16
The next generation of workers in the borough’s technology sector are being trained up in coding clubs being run in Wandsworth schools.
Tech companies are springing up across Wandsworth, and the council is keen to ensure it is local people that reap the benefits. It has commissioned Blue Shift Coding to run the clubs in ten borough schools.
Around a hundred young people a week go along to learn skills, work collaboratively and create their own coding projects that they can develop and keep in a portfolio.
The aim is that young people who have never before considered computing as a career are able to get an insight into what is it is like and are encouraged to take the subject at GCSE level and beyond.
Heather Lyons from Blue Shift said:
“The coding clubs that we’re running with Wandsworth are a fantastic opportunity to introduce students to skills that are directly applicable to the workplace. Our teachers have industry experience as developers, providing students with relevant skills and acting as mentors for them.
“We believe really strongly that coding is a very creative, challenging and empowering skill and essential for success in any one of a number of fields in the future. We hope that all of the students that come through the programme leave with an enthusiasm for coding and a desire to pursue it in years to come.”
The council’s business spokesman Cllr Kim Caddy said:
“Our aim is to give people the skills they need for the vacancies currently available and those coming in the future. In this way we can help our residents find good jobs, guide our young people into rewarding careers and ensure Wandsworth-based companies working on the cutting edge of technology can draw upon a pool of highly skilled local people.
“Digital enterprise is a vital part of what makes Wandsworth such a dynamic business environment, and we will do all we can to help it flourish.”
See examples of the students’ work at http://students.blueshiftcoding.com/
Coding clubs are part of a wider package of free business support from the council called Your Business, Your Growth aimed at pre start-ups, fledgling firms and established small businesses looking to grow. It also includes support for food and hospitality companies, networking opportunities and advice on how to supply the Nine Elms regeneration area.
To find out about how it could help you start up a new company or support your existing business, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/yourbusinessyourgrowth.