Budding coders invited to join course

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jobseekers who want to learn the basics of coding are being invited to join a pilot scheme that could lead to employment in the IT industry.

The six-week course – Advance Plus Coding in IT – is designed to give delegates an understanding of how coding is used in industry. Businesses who could support the scheme by offering a five-week work experience are also being sought.

The first week is being run by former headteacher Richard Rolfe and one of his former students, Jordan Love, who is now a professional coder. Fun problem-solving challenges will help teach the basics of coding, which delegates will use to build their own website.

Mr Rolfe said: “This course has been designed to inspire people who missed out on coding lessons. Although we will develop the confidence and skills of the delegates, the idea behind the course isn’t to create web developers but rather to ignite a spark in them for coding, and to give them a sense of excitement about the new digital industries.

Mr Love said: “I’m thrilled to be involved in such an important training initiative. It’s great to be able to inspire others to join the coding revolution, rewire their minds for problem solving, and get to grips with what lies behind modern technology.”

Following the week of training, delegates will have five weeks of work experience in the industry.

Advance Plus Team Leader Ben Jones said: “Many of the people who have so far applied already code at home, but I think the advantage of having a significant period in the industry will be that delegates will get to understand how someone working as a coder fits in to a company, and how their work is part of a bigger picture. This is also a great opportunity for employers to get involved and benefit from the skills and knowledge the delegates have gained on this course.”

Jobseekers registered as Actively Seeking Work have until Tuesday (1 April) to apply. Businesses who would be interested in providing work experience are also invited to get in touch.

They can contact Ben Jones on 447346 or emailing b.jones@gov.je.

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