Extra Funding to Boost Students’ Coding Skills

Schools in Wrexham are to be given additional investment to ensure pupils have a greater understanding of computer coding.

Local Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed the Welsh Labour Government’s £1.3m funding that will give students in Wrexham and across the country access to training in the latest technology.

She said: “In modern times, it is more important than ever for young people to develop their digital skills and I fully support the Welsh Labour Government’s progressive initiative.”

“The sector is rapidly increasing and Wales’ younger and future generations must be at the forefront to compete in a truly global market.”

Computer coding is a set of rules or instructions that makes it possible to create computer software, apps and websites.

There are currently around 1.5 million jobs in the digital sector in the UK, 400,000 of which involve coding.  The Welsh Government estimates there will be 100,000 new coding jobs by 2020 in the UK.

Approximately 300 Coding Clubs currently exist in Wales.  The Welsh Labour Government expects their investment to expand the number of clubs nationwide, granting all pupils additional opportunities to learn about and get involved in coding as the importance of digital skills continues to grow.