Huge spike in Institute of Coding registrations
The Institute of Coding has announced a 360 per cent increase in registrations for its digital skills courses.
The 22,000 figure represents a significant rise since January 2019, when the IoC announced its first 5,000 enrolments.
To date, the government-funded national consortium of educators, employers and outreach groups has launched more than 40 new short and long digital skills courses at the undergraduate and master’s levels, as well as a series of more than 50 introductory and taster courses that are designed for the pre-university pipeline.
The courses developed by the IoC since its formal launch at the House of Lords in June 2018 provide digital skills in areas of high demand, such as coding, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and data science. From these courses, people can also pursue specific training for the automotive, healthcare, FinTech and creative sectors.
“Building a workforce fit for the future is a top priority for the Government and the Institute of Coding will play a central role in providing the digital skills our country needs,” said Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.
“It’s fantastic to see tens of thousands of people signed up to courses, who will join a pipeline of tech talent with exciting career opportunities, as well as supporting our businesses and economic growth.”
Rachid Hourizi, director of the Institute of Coding, added: “The Institute of Coding is increasing access to high-quality digital skills education, which is designed, in partnership with industry, to be inclusive and flexible.
“It is great to see the progress we are making, introducing innovative courses and attracting a high number of learners.
“We are working with new learners to help them to develop the core skills that employers are looking for and enabling people already in work to gain the high-level digital skills that they need.”