Time to Code is a new initiative we are hoping to pilot in several schools in greater Belfast and the North West to help children learn IT and coding skills – the skills needed by future employers.

Time to Code, is a new pilot volunteering programme run by Business in the Community in partnership with Code Club.

Time to Code aims to help children at Key Stage 2 Level (7-9 years old) gain IT and coding skills, build their confidence, and develop their team working and problem solving abilities. Initially, the programme is being piloted in the Greater Belfast area, supported by Belfast Harbour, and in the North West, supported by BT.

Volunteers dedicate one hour per week to help support pupils and teachers to code. Time to Code is offered during the school day in a group environment. Business in the Community and Code Club provide full training and Access NI clearance.

A key element of Time to Code is encouraging volunteers to provide a workplace visit for the children. This helps to inspire children about the world of work and gives them a greater understanding of the job their mentor does. It’s also great fun for all involved!

For more information on Time to Code, please email Ciara Mulgrew or call (028) 9046 0606. ciara.mulgrew@bitcni.org.uk