News / £40m Institute of Coding launched to boost digital skills

Companies, universities and organisations across the North will join forces with counterparts across the UK on the new £40m Institute of Coding, which it is hoped will plug the UK digital skills shortage.

A consortium made up of more than 60 universities, national and international corporations, SMEs, industry groups, experts in non-traditional learning and professional bodies has been brought together to form a national initiative.

Industry partners include BAE Systems, Sunderland Software City, Sheffield Digital, Siemens, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK and WANdisco.

Lancaster University, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, University of Sheffield, University of Sunderland and University of York are also partners.

The Institute is backed by £20m from the UK Government and £20m of match funding and its hoped it will develop and deliver innovative, industry-focused higher education across the UK.

Dr Rachid Hourizi, 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.

“Courses will be made available at undergraduate and masters levels, alongside short courses in areas of strategic importance including data science, artificial intelligence and cyber security.

“In addition, we’ll work with our partners to implement a Widening Participation programme to target underrepresented talent through outreach activities, tailored and inclusive curricula, flexible delivery and removal of barriers to working in the industry.”

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