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Derby Telegraph — My view

Code Club teaches children aged 9 to 11 how to code computers. There is a waiting list of youngsters wanting to join but more volunteers are needed to pass on their programming skills.

IN every industry, it is vital businesses pass their knowledge on to the next generation.

Failure to do so could result in that industry failing.

That is why I’m surprised at the severe lack of volunteers coming forward to support a project I’m involved in.

The project is called Code Club. It is a voluntary initiative aimed at teaching children aged 9 to 11 how to code computers.

It involves volunteer programmers and software developers giving their time to run courses, passing on their programming skills and mentoring the young pupils.

It has enabled children to create their own computer games and robots and learn how to use technology creatively.

As someone who is fuelled by a passion for getting kids off the streets and equipping them with the invaluable skills needed for a career in IT, I decided to set up free Saturday morning sessions for children at Derby Central Library.

The classes have proven to be so successful that there is now a waiting list to attend.

The hour-long free sessions take place between 10.30am and 11.30am and teach children fundamental programming elements.

Each week, the pupils are set the task of creating a game, animation, or puzzle, that is then built using a piece of software known as Scratch.

Indeed, when I first heard about Code Club, I instantly wanted to be involved.

My father taught me how to programme when I was just five years old, and I now run a very successful ecommerce and software development business in Derby.

Without that early tuition, I may not be where I am today.

Computer programming skills are becoming more and more prevalent in the industry and I believe that it is vital to pass this knowledge on.

At the ages of 9 to 11, children are impressionable and it is important to get them doing something productive.

All this is why I’m surprised that there is a severe lack of volunteers coming forward to support this initiative. Volunteers are only required to give up one hour a week and it is an extremely rewarding experience.

At iBox Security, we firmly believe in giving something back to the community, and that is why I have also just signed up to mentor a GCSE student for a year.

It’s time that other businesses did the same.

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