Evoluted Provides Support to Institute of Coding

9 February, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that £20 million of funding will be made available to the Institute of Coding (IoC) – an organisation set up to close the digital skills gap within the UK. 

Established as a consortium comprising of leading businesses, universities, professional bodies and SMEs, the IoC will help equip people of all ages with the skills they need to excel whilst working in the digital industry. We’re pleased to say that Evoluted is one of the companies providing the IoC with support and we look forward to being part of such an important movement moving forward.

Why Did Evoluted Get Involved?

Evoluted’s support was pushed through by our MD Ash Young. As well as being passionate about providing opportunities to local, upcoming talent, Ash is keen to help bridge the gap between educative experience and application within the world of work. 

After pledging Evoluted’s support for the scheme, Ash said:

“I’m delighted to support the Institute of Coding. We’ve always looked to provide opportunities to local talent and it’s something that will remain important to the company moving forward.
“We initially got involved through our relationship with the University of Sheffield. We’re members of the Computer Science Departments’ Industrial Advisory Board and Sheffield Uni are one of the university partners running the institute.
“We look forward to being involved in the exciting work described in the proposal and we’re happy to offer input into the strategic direction of the Institute.”

When Did the Funding Pledged?

The announcement was made in Davos at the 2018 World Economic Forum, alongside news that the government investment would be matched by a further £20 million from the digital industry. This will be used for in-kind contributions such as training and equipment.

Following news of the funding, Rachid Houizi, Director of the Institute of Coding said:

“The strength of the Institute of Coding lies in the fact that it brings together educators, employers and outreach groups to co-develop digital skills education at undergraduate and masters level for learners in universities, at work and in previously under-supported groups across the country.”

How Exactly Will the Funding Be Used?

The Institute of Coding has been designed around a series of core themes:

The digital workforce: Developing specialist skills training in areas of strategic importance. 

University learners: Boosting graduate employability through a new industry standard targeted at degree-level qualifications. Institute of Coding programmes will be designed to incorporate learning that solves real-world business problems.

Knowledge sharing and sustainability: Sharing outcomes and good practice will be key to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Institute of Coding. Included within this will be the building of an evidence base of research, analysis and intelligence to anticipate future skills gaps.

Widening participation: Another key area of focus will be to boost equality and diversity in technology-related education and careers. In 2017, female programmers and software developers made up just 3.9% of tech and telco professionals in the UK.

Digitising the professions: To transform professions undergoing digital transformation, learners will be helped to retrain via new digital training programmes provided through online and face-to-face learning means.

You can view more information on the Institute of Coding from the Department of Education here.

Written by Sean

As chief crafter of copy, Sean’s flair for writing engaging content continues to prove integral to our internal and client marketing activity. With more than 5 years' digital experience, he joined Evoluted back in 2015. He spends his days managing SEO strategy, producing content and assisting Evoluted’s clients.

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