EU Code Week is back again! Taking place from 15th – 23rd October. First launched in 2013 by the European Commission, the initiative aims to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn.
To celebrate EU Code Week, ICS Foundation organised coding classes using ‘Scratch’ and ‘Cliste’ at Abbeyleix South National School, on October 19th.
A number of different events will be held across Europe and organisers can add their event to the website. If you would like to get involved or check them out, visit events.codeweek.eu
As it stands, Europe is facing a shortage in ICT professionals with approximately 900,000 needed by the year 2020.
According to European Commission vice president for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes “Programming is everywhere and fundamental to the understanding of a hyper-connected world, more than 90% of professional occupations require some level of competence, but the number of graduates in computer science is not keeping pace with this demand for skills.”
Therefore many open vacancies for ICT practitioners cannot be filled, despite the high levels of unemployment in Europe, warned Kroes.
“The share of women in choosing technical careers is also alarmingly low. Coding is a way to attract girls to choose tech careers,” she added.
Coding is at the heart of technology. Each and every interaction between humans and computers is governed by code.
The ICS Foundation is a huge advocate of EU Code Week as we run many programmes which encourage children to learn ICT skills, these include F1 in Schools, Scratch, Cliste, Tech Week and our most recently added initiative Bebras.
Jim Friars, CEO of The Irish Computer Society & ICS Foundation said, “It’s time that Ireland caught up with the rest of Europe, we need to encourage young people, both male and female, to understand the benefits of ICT skills and how important they are for the future”