News. People & Skills Projects - 17 May 2022

Pupils in Derby to learn coding in special after school clubs

The D2N2 Careers Hub and STEM Venturi have teamed up to provide the young people with new skills for their future.

The digital world of work is growing at a rapid rate and coding plays a key role in this – it has been identified as a critical skill for any future roles in cyber security, software development, web, app, and game design and much more. 

Taking part over a three session programme, almost 50 children from three schools will learn basic coding skills by programming and hacking remote controlled cars. The interactive sessions which are ran by experts from STEM Venturi are designed to ignite students’ interest in the field by giving them real-world problems and experiences that will develop their analytic, problem-solving and thinking skills. Young people who take part in the programme will become more aware of the careers available to them and will raise aspirations as a result.

Tim Taylor, Aspirations Careers Employability Coordinator at Murray Park School said: “Both the students and staff involved gained so much invaluable knowledge and experience from the sessions. The students have had their eyes opened to a ray of opportunities in the coding and ethical hacking sector and feel inspired.

 “Our staff have sourced some fantastic contacts and resources to help with next year’s delivery of the computing curriculum which will help with linking curriculum learning to the world of work, which is brilliant.”

The D2N2 Careers Hub supports 92,000 young people across the region with the aim of preparing them for their best next step. The coding after-school club just one of a wide range of meaningful careers experiences provided by the Hub, for more information on how your business could get involved, email hubs@d2n2.lep.org.

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