Whether it’s understanding why a program won’t run or learning how to debug a program, problem-solving is a huge part of coding. Learning how to resolve technical issues often involves conversations, reading how-tos, practicing logical thought and troubleshooting, all of which are transferable skills.
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Can learning to code really help my child’s future career?
There are over half a million computer programming jobs in the US and the UK, and those sectors are projected to continue to grow by 20% over the next ten years.
Even if your child hasn’t expressed an interest in becoming an IT professional, he or she still stands to benefit from learning how to code. No matter which field your child pursues, he or she will be expected to know how to interact with technology. With the introduction of Computer Science GCSE more students will be equipped with the necessary skills for the future.
Have other children learned to code?
Many successful businesspeople learned to code when they were children. In fact, you may know some of them: Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Michael Dell, Larry Page, and Mark Zuckerburg all began coding as youngsters. Other technology superstars such as Marissa Mayer (one of the first employees at Google, and now CEO of Yahoo!) and Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon) did not learn to code as children, but had a love of technology from an early age, and both went on to graduate from Ivy League universities with degrees in computer science.
While your child may or may not want to become a professional coder, learning the skill is just as essential as playing a sport or mastering a musical instrument. By learning to code from an early age, children expand their horizons and increase their skillset – all of which are needed to become well developed children and successful adults.
What if my child doesn’t want to go into IT?
Computer programming is much more than learning how to understand and write code. By learning to code from a young age, children inherit a whole host of secondary skills that are beneficial to any career.
Here are a just a few:
Computing in Schools
We couldn’t be more thrilled that coding is now part of the official curriculum in primary and secondary schools in the UK. However, we also realise the impact this has had on schools’ staffing needs.
To help address the current shortage of skilled IT teachers in British schools, we’re offering an array of teacher training and supplemental courses to get students and educators up to speed, including:
- Training for computing teachers who are looking to brush up their skills or try something entirely new
- After school clubs to refresh the basics taught in school and explore new worlds of innovation through coding
- School workshops on coding, programming, and everything tech to complement schools’ current computer science curriculum