BJSS has launched a community investment partnership with Turinglab which is dedicated to tackling the IT skills gap by teaching fundamental coding skills to school children.
The programme has been launched at Cockburn High School in Leeds with children aged between 11 and 16 and from low income families and combine the best of online learning with in-person teaching to provide an engaging learning experience.
Turinglab-trained undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate alumni of the University of Leeds and the University of Oxford take the sessions at Cockburn High School which is the first phase of a wider initiative which will provide training for children in Leeds, Manchester and Bristol.
Glynn Robinson, Managing Director at BJSS and a member of the Turinglab advisory board, recognises that socio-economic circumstances should never be a barrier to opportunity. The company’s community investment will see the financing of 100 yearly scholarships in order for children to develop their IT skills.
Sam Green who is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Turinglab wants to ensure that children’s first steps into coding are fun and creative and believes that, through the scholarship funding, children from low income families will be given the opportunity to develop important digital skills along with the ability to create the future.
Assistant Headteacher at Cockburn High School, adds that the school is committed to ensuring that its students are fully prepared with the skills, aspirations and academic qualifications needed to take them forward in life and the staff work closely with local and national employers to provide workshops to develop these skills. The school’s coding group has been given an excellent opportunity to build expertise that will be essential to the British economy over the next few years at the same time as providing the opportunity to work with students from local universities, helping pupils to see where these skills can take them.