Tech organisation Northcoders is hosting open events for #NationalCodingWeek to tackle the digital skills crisis
National Coding Week is back for its fourth year, with more than 3,000 people anticipated to take part in free events across the country. It offers free-to-attend training sessions for anybody who’s interested in being taught the basics of coding, alongside other beginners with little to no previous knowledge.
Running from September 18th to 24th across the UK, the week-long series of events is entirely run by volunteers and encourages adults to try their hand at writing computer code, or learn about coding – often for the first time. Volunteers behind this year’s events come from a range of organisations, from start-ups to multinationals.
Local efforts this year are being driven by James Brooke, co-founder of Northcoders, the coding bootcamp for the North. He said: “We’re extremely proud to be supporting National Coding Week. It’s a fantastic initiative that is bringing industry professionals across the UK together to tackle the digital skills crisis. Our free events are a Teaching Tech Knowledge Exchange and a free taster session for those interested in learning to code.”
The Teaching Tech Knowledge Exchange will be taking place on Tuesday 19th September at Northcoders’ office in Manchester city centre and will include talks on programming analogies (Mauro Gestoso, Northcoders), techniques for mentoring and being mentored (Rebekah Cooper, Co-op Digital) and how we teach complicated stuff, with recursion as an example (Harriet Ryder, Northcoders).
There's also a free taster session, which will answer various questions including: What is code? Is it for me? How do I get started? What opportunities will coding open up to me? And what's life like as a software developer? It will also show how to get started coding and give a taste of what life's like at a coding bootcamp.
Richard Rolfe, founder of National Coding Week, said: “As a ‘crowd sourced’ event, the success of National Coding Week rests on passionate computer programmers, developers and digital professionals who give back by hosting their own events. This isn’t a government initiative, nor are we doing it for profit. National Coding Week was created because, as an industry, we identified that we needed to do something ourselves to address this ever-growing skills gap. But we also believe that coding is a lot of fun and a fantastic skill that should be opened up to more people!”