Samsung Electronics and Code Club held a drop-in coding event for MPs this week to spread awareness of the volunteer-led network and reveal how coding is being taught in schools.
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Held at Portcullis House in Westminster, the event was sponsored by shadow minister for employment Stephen Timms MP.
Code Club is a national network of 1,300 volunteers who lead after-school coding clubs for children aged nine to 11.
“Coding is a vitally important skill for the UK’s economic future. I am delighted to support today’s event, giving Parliamentarians the chance to find out about Samsung and Code Club’s new partnership and see first-hand how coding and programming are taught in schools," said Timms.
“There is a real need to encourage young people to pursue careers in technology. I hope this work will inspire many to become the next generation of coders and app developers,” he added.
Laura Kirsop, UK operations manager at Code Club, was pleased to see a range of MPs attend the event and pledge their support to raise awareness about digital skills in their constituencies.
"It's vital that children are prepared for the world ahead and feel inspired to build and share the technologies that will shape our future,” she said.
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Samsung and Code Club’s partnership aims to increase the club’s reach through five new regional centres equipped with Samsung laptops, where more volunteers will be trained to host future clubs.
Andy Griffiths, president of Samsung Electronics UK, said coding was a vital skill for young people who want to pursue a career in technology.
"We want to encourage MPs to host new Regional Code Club Centres in their constituencies and pledge support for the work of Code Club and Samsung," he said.
Last week, Samsung opened a digital classroom at The Prince’s Trust's Kennington Centre to give disadvantaged young people access to digital technology and improve their prospects of jobs in the IT industry.
Samsung said the classroom is part of a wider initiative by The Prince’s Trust to embed digital and Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills across all its programmes.
“We are proud to be in partnership with Code Club as part of our wider Digital Classroom initiative, which aims to bridge the technology skills gap for young people in the UK,” said Griffiths.