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Developing Wales as a nation of Coders

28-August-2015

National Coding Week starts on 21st September 2015, and WEA YMCA CC Cymru, is aiming to put Wales at the forefront of coding by offering taster sessions called “Coding for Adults - a Beginners Guide”. Follow-on courses are to be delivered throughout the year, and there will be sessions in every Unitary Authority in Wales, from Holyhead and Wrexham in North Wales, to Chepstow and Pembroke Dock in the South - and everywhere in between.

Coding is a language that makes it possible for to 'talk' to computers and create software, apps and websites. Many people have access to a computer or mobile phone, but may not realise that the browser, the operating system, the apps on their phone, social media, and websites are all made with coding.

WEA YMCA CC Cymru have teamed up with the Library Service, Welsh Government’s Digital Inclusion programme – ‘Digital Communities Wales’, and regional partners to offer beginner courses in local libraries and community venues throughout Wales. 

Mark Isherwood, WEA YMCA CC Cymru Chief Executive said, We are really keen to be bringing this new curriculum to the communities of Wales. Coding has been recognised as a skill to be developed within compulsory education, and we want to ensure that adult learners are not disadvantaged. We have extensive experience of delivering Adult Learning throughout Wales, and working with our partners will ensure that we are able to offer learners the opportunity to create websites, apps and learning content. The taster sessions, and follow on courses, could be the start of a new learning journey for adult learners, providing skills for a changing workforce.

Richard Rolfe, co-founder of National Coding Week said, I have been overwhelmed by the steps that the Welsh government has taken to embrace National Coding Week as we look to tackle the digital skills shortage. National Coding Week is all about empowering adults right across the UK, enabling them to take advantage of digital opportunities. I’d encourage everyone in Wales to attend one of the fantastic events taking place this month and learn something new. If I can learn to code aged 51 then anyone can!

Further details of the taster sessions throughout Wales can be found below and on the National Coding Week website http://www.codingweek.org/

Local Authority

Venue Details

Contact number

Session Date

Day

Mounmouthshire

Chepstow Library, Manor Way, Chepstow, NP16 5HZ

01495 369869

21/09/2015

Monday 10-12noon

Caerphilly

Risca Library, Risca Palace, 75 Tredegar St, Newport NP11 6BW

01495 369869

21/09/2015

Monday 3.00-5.00pm

Powys

Brecon Library, Ship Street Brecon Powys LD3 9AE

01686 610270

22/09/2015

Tuesday 1.15-3.15pm

Merthyr

Merthyr Library, High St, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8AF

01495 369869

22/09/2015

Tuesday 1.30-3.30pm

Vale

Barry Library, Kings Square, Barry, South Glamorgan CF63 4RW

029 20 382431

22/09/2015

Tuesday 10-12noon

Anglesey

O'Toole Centre, Trearddur Square, Holyhead, Gwynedd LL65 1NB

01248 363933

22/09/2015

Tuesday 9.30 -12.30

Bridgend

Pyle Library, Helig Fan, Kenfig Hill, Bridgend CF33 6BS

029 20 382431

22/09/2015

Tuesday 9.30-11.30am

Pembrokeshire

Pembroke Dock Library, Water St, Pembroke Dock, Dyfed SA72 6DW

01792 467791

23/09/2015

Wednesday 1.30-3.30pm

Swansea

Swansea Library, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA1 3SN

01792 467791

23/09/2015

Wednesday 11am-1pm

Neath Port Talbot

Neath Library, Victoria Gardens, Neath, SA11 3BA

01792 467791

23/09/2015

Wednesday 2-4pm

Ceredigion

Aberaeron Library, County Hall, Aberaeron SA46 0AT

01686 610270

23/09/2015

Wednesday 2-4pm

Blaenau Gwent

WEA HOV Office, The Innovation Centre, Ebbw Vale, NP23 8XA

01495 369869

23/09/2015

Wednesday 4pm-6pm

Cardiff

Central Library,The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1FL

029 20 382431

23/09/2015

Wednesday 9.00-11.00am

Carmarthenshire

Llanelli Library, Vaughan St, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 3AS

01792 467791

23/09/2015

Wednesday 9.30-11.30am

Flintshire

Flint Library, Church Street, Flint, CH6 5AP

01978 806044

23/09/2015

Wednesday 9.30-11.30am

Powys

Newtown Library, Park Ln, Newtown, Powys SY16 1EJ

01686 610270

23/09/2015

Wednesday 9.30-11.30am

Newport

Bettws Library, Shopping Centre, Bettws, Newport NP20 7TN

01495 369869

25/09/2015

Friday 1.30-3.30pm

Denbighsire

Prestatyn Library, Kings' Ave, Prestatyn, Clwyd LL19 9LH

01492 536693

25/09/2015

Friday 1.30-3.30pm

Conwy

Upper Colwyn Bay Centre, Bryn Cadno Upper Colwyn Bay Colwyn Bay LL29 6DW

01492 536693

25/09/2015

Friday 10-12

Torfaen

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library, Church Road, Blaenavon, NP4 9AS

01495 369869

25/09/2015

Friday 10-12noon

Rhondda Cynon Taff

Llantrisant Library, Bull Ring, Bullring, Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan CF72 8EB

01495 369869

25/09/2015

Friday 2pm-4pm

Gwynedd

WEA Offices, Bryn Menai, Holyhead Road, Bangor, LL57 2JA

01248 363933

25/09/2015

Friday 9.30-11.30

Wrexham

Wrexham Library & Arts Centre, Rhosddu Rd, Wrexham, Clwyd LL11 1AU

01978 806044

25/09/2015

Friday 9.30-11.30am



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