Stephen Timms MP attended an event on Tuesday 25 March in Parliament run by Samsung Electronics and Code Club, the national network of over 1,300 volunteer-led after-school coding clubs, to discover more about Code Club’s work and its partnership with Samsung. The programme aims to inspire more volunteers to run Code Clubs in schools across the UK.
Code Club runs a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Samsung’s partnership with Code Club is part of its work to help young people gain the digital skills they need for careers in technology. The partnership will increase Code Club’s reach by opening five new Code Club Regional Centres, equipped with Samsung laptops, where more volunteers can be trained to host future clubs. At the event, Stephen Timms MP nominated Winsor Park Community Centre as a contender to become one of the five new regional Code Club centres.
Stephen Timms MP said: “I fully endorse the work Samsung and Code Club are doing to foster digital skills and prepare young people for a career in a technology driven world. That’s why I have nominated Winsor Park Community Centre to be considered for a new Code Club regional centre to help encourage others to volunteer and widen the reach of this great initiative.”
Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung Electronics UK said: “Samsung is committed to creating opportunities for the next generation through access to technology and skills development. Coding is a vital skill for young people who want to pursue a career in technology and today we want to encourage MPs to host new Regional Code Club Centres in their constituencies and pledge support for the work of Code Club and Samsung. We are proud to be in partnership with Code Club as part of our wider Digital Classroom initiative, which aims to bridge the technology skills gap for young people in the UK.”
Laura Kirsop, UK operations Manager at Code Club, said: “We're really excited about today's event which aims to raise awareness of the work that Code Club and Samsung carry out and encourage more children to learn to code. It's great that a range of MPs are willing to come along and pledge their support to raise awareness about digital skills in their constituencies. It's vital that children are prepared for the world ahead and feel inspired to build and share the technologies that will shape our future.”