Since my last blog (coincidentally also on Coding which if you haven’t read I recommend you do so) a lot has changed in the coding scene here in York. I told you all about how we had held a successful event and started some very in demand (and very sold out!) coding classes for both adults and teens. I told you about what coding is, how right now, what you are really reading is many many lines of coding and that everyday, our lives are influenced by this language but that we were undergoing a significant skills shortage, so much so that York businesses are struggling to employ the workers with the necessary skills.
With all of this in mind, we realised that what York really needed was a more organised, less piecemeal approach to the education and spreading of this vital skill. #CodeYork is the movement where secondary schools will be able to get expert training from teachers in the field to enable York’s kids to get a head start against kids from elsewhere, where those same kids can attend a weekly code club to enable them to further their knowledge and skills to equal their enthusiasm for the subject and learn even more advanced languages then many university students presently know and where in half term time, holiday clubs will be set up to enable fun code challenges to get our kids really thinking and challenging themselves.
But that’s not where #CodeYork ends. Adults from school leavers to pensioners, Mum’s wanting to return to work, those looking to change careers, people with the interest in the subject... everyone will be able to partake in evening classes to not only learn the basics of coding but to also master many of the languages and upskill as a result. We believe coding is for everyone, young and old, male and female, and we are keen to extend that opportunity throughout York to ensure that with our world class digital infrastructure, we have world class digital skills to match.
You may be asking what about Code Club UK? After all we did run the successful Explore event with them? Well Code Club very kindly helped us by volunteering for the sessions and we will be working in partnership with them but their sphere of influence is very much on primary schools which, while that is a target for us, we recognise there’s no point having 2 different kind of clubs in at that level when one lot of clubs will suffice. We will however still be looking to assist them in getting into every York primary school and ensuring that there are volunteers on hand to help teach. We do believe that through this approach, we can give every York resident an opportunity and create the worlds first and best code education conveyor belt. Like I said before, its matching the skills to the infrastructure.
This may seem like a challenging, extremely ambitious plan. I would say not only is it extremely so, but that we have the team best equipped to deliver such an ambitious plan to fruition right here in York. But if we want to truly succeed, we will need the help and support of the country’s best business community which is of course York’s (flattery is always worth a try).
If you want to learn more, volunteer or take your support for #CodeYork further, please contact myself on my mobile 07879 415784 or email me at [email protected]
I hope after reading this post, you not only understand my enthusiasm and passion for getting this across York, but that you share in it and understand why its so pivotal to get this out there and why now is the time to do it.
Thank you for reading,