The first National Coding Week has launched across the UK, giving adults an opportunity to learn how to write code and gain confidence in using digital skills.
Various events will be held across the UK in major cities including London, Bristol, Belfast, Brighton and Manchester, along with remote locations such as Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.
The course aims to help experts from the technology industry share digital skills with those interested in learning coding and other IT-related abilities.
National Coding Week was founded by ex-head teacher Richard Rolfe and young entrepreneur Jordan Love, who also run Codex DLD – a company deigned to help people develop digital skills in order to bridge the UK's IT skills gap.
Rolfe told V3 that he, like others, believes that the IT skills gap can be addressed by encouraging more people to get involved in coding: "National coding week is a call to action to help address the digital skills gap."
However, to achieve this people need to be given the confidence and opportunity to learn code and then put those digital skills to work.
"We've taught the unemployed [to code] in a week and they've got jobs. Give them the confidence, show them the tools, give them support," summarised Rolfe, who believes there is a strong appetite for coding once it is introduced to people.
Rolfe said his inspiration to get involved in helping people learn code came from teaching himself to code as he recovered from cancer.
Declaring that if he could learn to code then anyone could, he went on to found Codex DLD with Love.
Love is another coding convert whose interest in computers and gaming but not academic study, led him into web design where he had to teach himself to code.
"Basically I didn't really engage with school – I didn't really know what I wanted to do with life," Love told V3, explaining his first steps into the technology industry at the age of 17.
He went on to describe how he taught himself coding such as HTML and PHP, adding that it all came from self-educating using online services such as Codecademy: "From day one the training consisted of going on Codecademy.com and teaching myself."
Love explained how his training was led by finding ways to achieve particular goals rather than through absorbing manuals and textbooks: "All self-taught – all just doing it through an objective-based approach."
Despite having no formal IT qualifications, Love thrived in his position and eventually decided to get involved in teaching digital skills to others despite being 21-years-old.
After meeting Rolfe, the pair set up Codex DLD and founded the National Coding Week, which thus far has gained the support of technology organisations including Codecademy, Decoded, Fire Tech Camp, Women Who Code (UK) and the EU Young Advisors group (UK).
While the National Coding Week looks to encourage adults to code and get involved in the technology industry, in schools across England coding is now being taught as a compulsory subject in a drive to close the UK's digital skills gap at a grassroots level.
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