Digital training company Codex DLD launched National Coding Week for Adults in a bid to tackle the skills shortage, encouraging more adults to take up careers in programming.
With the computing curriculum starting in schools this week, children from the age of five will learn coding at school – but industry is trying to reach adults as well.
From 21-28 September 2014 people in the digital industry are being urged to share their expertise with adults in their communities, through local events and training sessions.
Codex DLD will hold events in London, Bristol, Brighton, Manchester and Belfast, as well as more remote locations such as Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
These will include online training, face-to-face training, and sharing expertise and skills.
National Coding Week is the brainchild of Richard Rolfe and Jordan Love of Codex DLD, a digital training company for adults.
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Richard Rolfe said: “The UK government has made computer coding compulsory in schools from September 2014 – which is great for future generations, but does not tackle the skills shortage that exists today.
“National Coding Week is all about empowering adults to take advantage of digital opportunities. We’d encourage everyone to take part – if I can learn to code aged 51, then anyone can!"
Rachel Swidenbank, head of UK operations for Codecademy, added: “National Coding Week is a great opportunity for adults to try platforms like Codecademy to experience how accessible and valuable learning digital skills can be, encouraging evolution and education regardless of age or career stage.
“We look forward to seeing the broader digital community come together in support.”
Technology companies and government are urged to show their support on #NationalCodingWeek.