Institute of Coding launches multi-million-pound digital skills programme

The programme will involve courses at a number of UK universities, focusing on digital skills for individuals and businesses

The Institute of Coding (IoC) has launched a number of courses at UK universities to boost digital skills across the country.

The programme’s funding consists of a £2.4m grant from the Office for Students (OfS) and match funding of a further £2.4m from a consortium of partners.


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The partners, led by the University of Leeds, have secured £500,000 of the funding to launch a programme entitled ‘The IoC guide to kick-starting your career with 21st century skills’. These courses will be delivered through FutureLearn, and will focus on digital employability skills for 18–25-year-olds.

Carol Elston, head of Leeds’ digital education service, said: “We know recruiters have identified certain gaps in digital skills, so we’re designing these short online courses to meet the needs of employers.

“This investment will support a more diverse workforce and means learners from different backgrounds, particularly groups who are under-represented or disadvantaged, will all have the chance to improve knowledge of digital technologies and skills.”

This investment will support a more diverse workforce and means learners from different backgrounds, particularly groups who are under-represented or disadvantaged, will all have the chance to improve knowledge of digital technologies and skills.
– Carol Elston, University of Leeds

University of the Arts London’s Creative Computing Institute has also received a chunk of the funding, allocating its £581,000 to a project in partnership with Lancaster University, Goldsmiths University, and FutureLearn. The project, called ‘Creative solutions to digital transformation’, will be a bespoke online learning programme to help boost creative digital skills for businesses in media, manufacturing and engineering.

The learning focus and content will be designed in collaboration with Made Smarter, Nesta and Semta to meet the real identified needs of industry.


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Mick Grierson, professor and research leader at the Creative Computing Institute said: “Creative Technologies are a core part of UK engineering and productivity – across marketing, design and prototyping, as well as core problem solving for product development. Diversifying skills in these areas can help businesses to prosper and profit through creative digital solutions. We’re interested in supporting new and existing staff in businesses across the sector to develop better understanding and skills in creative technology, ensuring industries have vital access to diverse creative technology experts who can help them reach greater potential by embedding creative digital technologies into their business models.”

More information about the Institute of Coding and its aims can be found at instituteofcoding.org/about-the-ioc/