Entyce are delighted to welcome the annual celebration of National Coding Week 2016.
National Coding Week takes place from 19th September to 25th September and seeks to raise awareness of the IT skills shortage facing the UK, encourage more young people to consider a career in coding and encourage everyone to improve their IT literacy.
As a digital agency we are naturally concerned by the IT skills shortage facing the country and we want to do everything we can to get more talented people choosing to learn to code and enjoying it.
There are so many different career paths open to young people who are interested in the digital world, from software engineers and big data analysts to web designers and digital marketers.
In an increasingly digital world coding, or even just a working knowledge of basic IT skills, can help with so many opportunities in employment for the next generation.
Even in jobs outside traditional digital roles IT skills can provide a major advantage. Two thirds of businesses believe IT tech knowledge is a key skill within their company, yet a quarter of these businesses report a skills shortage in this area.
Digital skills are in higher demand than ever before and the UK is falling far behind in providing an employable workforce with the necessary skills.
National Coding Week started in 2014 and is now marked across the UK and USA with many events taking place across the country to showcase the value of coding and IT skills. Businesses like Entyce want to take this opportunity to highlight National Coding Week and remind young people how important IT skills really are in the 21st century.
If you are considering a career in coding but are still unsure we urge you to take these statistics into account:
• Over 12 million people and a million small businesses in the UK reportedly do not have the skills to prosper in the digital era.
• 1 in 4 firms must source foreign talent in the face of the IT skill shortage.
• The UK is below average in required IT skills and falls far behind coding and digital expert nations like Finland, Japan and the Netherlands.
Entyce is getting involved to encourage digital skills
Entyce love all things digital and we have worked hard to encourage young people to take an active interest in coding and IT skills. We have had the Entyce Design Awards, given portfolio tips and taken on apprentices. In fact we are currently looking for an apprentice as part of The Juice Academy. Deadlines for entries are 7th October. Click here for more details.
Join us in the conversation on National Coding Week this week on social media with #nationalcodingweek.