The importance of teaching future generations how to code is very important. The world that we live in is dominated by software and our society will be more reliant and controlled by technology in the future. The success of the British Economy tomorrow relies on the kids of today and the opportunities that they are given in their early development.

The education system in the mid-90s largely ignored the explosive evolution of computing and the Internet. However, it is slowly beginning to put more emphasis on the importance of computer programming. Launched in 2013 across the UK; the computing curriculum has brought a more structured approach to IT and computer learning for children.

Recognising the importance of education; Code Club was created in 2012 to give children of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn code and enhance their skills. Since then they have established over 4,441 Code Clubs in the UK and teach over 62,000 kids. It is run by volunteers who normally run afterschool clubs for kids to learn more about coding.

Chris Hey volunteers at Code Club

Chris Hey, slicedbread’s technical architect, has recently volunteered to take part in Code Club. Chris commented, “My daughters have both tried coding with Scratch at home and loved it. Especially the Frozen and Star Wars projects on code.org.

“This is an exciting time in the IT industry as it makes sense to encourage children to code as so many of them are comfortable with digital technology. It’s in everything they touch and do, it may even inspire them to go and create new apps and technologies themselves.”

slicedbread is community minded and encourages employees to engage in the developer community and wholeheartedly supports this positive initiative. As an IT company; slicedbread understands that the continued growth of the UK IT industry is a responsibility that businesses need to grasp.

Nick Humphry, co-founder at slicedbread, said, “I’m thrilled Chris is volunteering at Code Club. It’s a great organisation and I’m really happy to support him as I’m a true believer in educating and nurturing the skills of future generations to ensure that the UK continues to develop a highly skilled public.”

Chris volunteers at a local primary school to provide tuition in coding. Projects are completed using software like Scratch and as the children’s skills develop they move onto more advanced applications such as HTML, CSS and Python.

Chris summarised, “The experience is thoroughly rewarding as we’re mentoring the next generation of coders and digital creatives.”

For more information about how you can volunteer at Code Club, visit: www.codeclub.org.uk