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When Jonathan Carling, one of our Software Developers, decided to get involved with CodeClub, a nationwide network of volunteer-led, after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11, WorkCast was excited to support him in his endeavour.

Coding is at the forefront of the governments’ education agenda as well as being the topic of various ad campaigns and news articles. In fact, there’s never been a better time to be a developer or learn to code! At WorkCast we appreciate the efforts of initiatives like this more than most. Our Webinar Software Platform is built using a variety of codes, which CodeClub aims to introduce to children in a fun and informal way.

At WorkCast we are proud to be part of a thriving community of technology companies based in the North East of England; our HQ is in Sunderland, which is also the home of Software City and one of the UK’s Digital Catapult Centres. In fact, the North East has the highest rate of start-ups outside of London. So, we like to think that Jonny and CodeClub will help retain talent in our region and possibly even encourage a few Webinar Software Developers in the future!

Here’s what Jonathan had to say about CodeClub and why he thinks it’s so important to the future of Software Development:

Coding the Future

As a Webinar Software Developer at WorkCast, I know it's vital to stay up-to-date with latest technologies and trends within the industry. So I regularly attend the NEBytes events (a Microsoft technology user group in the North East of England) hosted at Newcastle University. The topics covered at these events vary depending on the speakers, but could include anything from mobile application development to agile frameworks and methodologies.

In April of last year, one event I attended included a talk about "Coding for Kids" which aimed to inspire developers of all levels of experience to get involved with teaching programming in schools through CodeClub - and it worked! I approached WorkCast about starting a clubs and soon I was matched with a school and teaching children to code.

The organisation helps you find a local school interested in running a club, provide all the resources needed for each session and offer support throughout each term. The sessions occur once a week for an hour and aim to teach children how to program and make computer games, animations and websites using free software tools such as Scratch and also popular languages used in real-life application including HTML, CSS and Python.

Teaching the Teachers Too!

CodeClub is of huge benefit to the children involved and I have enjoyed seeing the positive reaction they have to the club. However, it also helps teachers - many of whom have no knowledge of coding. The introduction of coding into the curriculum means that teachers will be expected to teach programming languages and techniques to their classes for the first time, and I like to think I’ve helped prepare them from the challenge!

In fact, one of the reasons I got involved with CodeClub was not only to help children but also the teachers. I believe introducing programming will be a difficult transition to make, as before now there has been little encouragement to learn the skills required. From personal experience I know that there was little opportunity for me to develop an interest in coding in the classroom. Instead, this was only something I could do in my spare time. So, now I do have the opportunity to teach at CodeClub, I have jumped at the chance to share my skills for the benefit of others.

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Jonathan

By Jonathan Carling

Jonathan studied Computer Science at Northumbria University, gaining experience of developing desktop and cloud applications in languages including C++ and C#. He graduated in 2010 with a first class honours degree.

Jonathan joined WorkCast in April 2013 as a Software Developer wanting to expand his knowledge and experience in the areas of web development. He is currently studying for Microsoft Certification in HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Outside of work Jonathan is big fan of Sunderland AFC, Metallica and dinosaurs.

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