Press release

IET supporting the future of UK coding in Coventry

15 March 2016

This week, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) will be holding the first of its Coding the Future events aimed at inspiring and nurturing the next generation of young UK coders. The event has been developed in conjunction with Schneider Electric Ltd and will be taking place at its headquarters on the University of Warwick Science Park on 19 March.

The drop-in event will run in conjunction with the BBC’s Make It Digital campaign – launching on the 22 March – which this year has given one million BBC micro:bit coding devices to the UK’s school children to encourage and nurture their interest in coding.

The BBC micro:bit device was developed by the BBC in the face of a critical skills shortage in the UK technology sector. By working with the IET as one of its BBC micro:bit champions and Schneider Electric, the BBC hopes to create a new generation of coders, engineers and technologists to fill future skills requirements.

With this in mind, the Coding the Future event will be giving children and their parents the opportunity to explore their own BBC micro:bit in more depth – giving them the practical hints and tips they’ll need to get the best results from their device – whether it be developing code for their very own games, or how to overcome tricky error codes.

In addition, IET experts will be on hand at the Coding the Future event to give children and their parents information about the exciting career opportunities available in the UK’s coding, technology and engineering sectors.

Alison Carr, Policy Director of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: “The digital world is evolving all the time – and with it, the demand for more young people with coding and digital skills. It’s great to be supporting BBC Make it Digital to promote the world of digital creativity through coding and inspire the next generation to get involved.

“Our collaboration with Schneider Electric Ltd to develop the Coding the Future event will give children and their parents some great insight and hands on experience about what it’s like to be a coder – developing the code needed for the everyday computer processes we often take for granted. Experts from the IET and Schneider will be on hand at the event to give the answers to any of the burning questions parents or their children have about careers in the coding, technology or engineering sectors.”

The Coventry event is just one of six other events that the IET is running across the UK.

Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7738 602426
Email: HKellett@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.
  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.