Duke of York learns to code with London school children

The Duke of York attended a CoderDojo session in London to encourage more young people to learn to code

The Duke of York learnt the basics of computer coding during a CoderDojo session with London school children this week.

Hosted by IT recruiter Hays Information Technology, more than 60 children learnt to create apps, games and websites with CoderDojo mentors on hand for guidance.

The event was held as part of the UK Hour of Code, which was launched this week to encourage more school children to take part in one hour of computer coding.

CoderDojos teaches young people between five and 17 to code, develop websites, apps, programs and games in sessions run by volunteers all over the world.

Bill Liao, the co-founder of not-for-profit organisation CoderDojo, said: “It gives us a sense of immense pride to welcome The Duke of York to take part in today's CoderDojo. From scratch ninjas, to HTML5 superstars, we provide open, free learning spaces for kids aged five to 17 who thrive on recognition and collaboration when they are learning, and we could not be more appreciative of his royal highness's support.

“We look forward to working with The Duke of York closely in the future to stimulate entrepreneurialism as a well as coding for young people across the UK.”

According to the Report on Jobs published by KPMG and REC, today IT and computing staff saw an increase in demand for their services in February.

Permanent staff in the IT sector found themselves in fifth position out of nine in the demand for staff league table, IT temp staff were in sixth place, the report revealed.

Lee Chant, managing director of Hays Information Technology, said: “We’re delighted that his royal highness was able to join us and see a CoderDojo in action. Given that the IT industry is faced with such chronic skill shortages, initiatives like this are essential and it is positive that The Duke continues to support our science and technology industries by recognising the importance of coding skills.

“These sessions encourage young people to try their hands at coding and are essential to securing the future generations of coders that are vital to the UK economy.”

Prince Andrew also launched a completion with Young Rewired State this week to engage young computer programmers.

The Duke of York: Peer to Peer Challenge will run for five weeks and aims to encourage young people to design and submit prototype websites, games, apps and videos to be presented to a panel of judges.

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