1,500 school pupils from across Manchester were given opportunity to learn how to write code and create apps last week.
The Careers Aspiration Event, held last week, included over 40 employers who used the day to showcase professional and vocational skills and to promote apprenticeships as a pathway into a variety of careers.
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Taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, ‘Have a Go’ activities were provided for pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 from schools within the Manchester City Council area.
Six different coding activities were set up on Apple computers so students could try their hand at what it would be like working in IT. Each activity had a code missing from the programme which students needed to replace once they had learnt to write the code. This then enabled them to play an interactive game.
Present at the event was service provider FDM Group. Heather Bridge, FDM’s European training manager said: “It was a great opportunity to inspire younger generations into IT and address the skills shortage in the industry, and FDM is proud to be a part of that.”
According to FDM feedback from pupils was very positive from both boys and girls present on the day. FDM said students repeatedly stated that they would rather study the subject in school if the curriculum included more activities like coding rather than how to use databases and Microsoft related documents.
FDM said they discovered that some pupils who had taken a keen interest in coding had taught themselves at home as they did not have the opportunity to do so in their school IT lessons.
The event was funded by World Skills UK and co-ordinated by Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network.