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Raspberry Pi and Workshare hook up to teach coding skills to youngsters

Workshare, the London-based provider of secure enterprise file sharing, is getting together with the Raspberry Pi team (and the BCS, along with The Chartered Institute of IT) to launch a new initiative to guide youngsters in Tower Hamlets towards a career in IT.

The project aims to promote awareness of IT careers, and to teach some programming skills to young people. The hope is to help plug the IT skills gap in the UK tech industry.

Workshare cites a survey conducted by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills which found that 20 per cent of job vacancies in this country go begging due to skills shortages, with that including the IT industry, of course.

Workshare wants 40 youngsters to partake in a series of coding lessons (developed in partnership with Manchester University and Resonate) using Raspberry Pi computers, over a period of five weeks. At the close of the course, students will be given the chance to develop their own app, with a panel picking out three winners who will benefit from a paid internship with Workshare over the summer of 2014.

Anthony Foy, CEO of Workshare, commented: “As the IT skills shortage threatens to restrain the UK’s economic recovery, the onus is on businesses to foster interest in IT and equip our young people with the technical knowledge they need for professional success.”

He added: “Workshare is honoured to work closely with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to educate our local community about the benefits of working in technology.”

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