Institute of Coding
University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Digital skills takes centre stage as MP visits coding workshop

Organiser Lead: Dr Huseyin Seker (IoC Northumbria Director)

Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, and MP for Newcastle Central Chi Onwurah, visited Northumbria University on Saturday, the 23rd of February to find out more about its role in a UK-wide “Institute of Coding” project which aims to improve the digital skills of the nation.

Northumbria is one of the founding partners of the Institute of Coding, a consortium of 25 universities and national and international corporations, training providers and professional bodies, working together to boost the employability of digital specialists and bring more people from underrepresented groups into the tech sector.

The event welcomed 70+ learners during the event − a free coding workshop, run in partnership with IT training company QA Consulting, which provided those attending with the skills required to explore a career in technology, or develop existing skills further.

Chi Onwurah MP attended the Teach the Nation to Code workshop to meet those taking part, and find out more about the opportunities available to those with coding skills and qualifications due to the current skills gap in the UK tech sector.

Dr Huseyin Seker, project lead and main organiser for the Institute of Coding at Northumbria University, said: “We are proud to be one of the founding members of the Institute of Coding and to be working in collaboration with our partner institutes and industrial partners to close the digital skill gap in the UK and help the nation continue being the world leader in the digital age.”

“We are delighted to welcome Chi and showed her what we are offering here at Northumbria through our Teach the Nation to Code workshops and other activities as a part of nationwide Institute of Coding.”

The workshop outlined how to install the Python programming language and create Python applications.

Next “coding” weekend event in partnership with QA Consulting is on 30-31 March 2019.