The Institute of Coding Wales launches to eradicate tech skills gap

The Institute of Coding in Wales, which is being led by Swansea University, has launched to help close the digital skills gap and create the next generation of tech specialists.

Unveiled at the Senedd in Cardiff last week, the Welsh and English Institute of Coding provides £21.2 million of funding to develop technology skills training and boost diversity in the industry.

Both institutes are supported by more than 60 partners, including two Welsh universities (Swansea and Cardiff) and 22 English universities along with businesses and industry experts.

Swansea and Cardiff Universities are supporting the initiatives through the national Technocamps programme, the National Software Academy and apprenticeship-style degree programmes at both academic institutions.

At the launch event, representatives from industry, local, central government and education came together to celebrate the launch of the IoC Wales and discuss its future.

Swansea University’s Professor Faron Moller, who is head of the IoC in Wales, said: “With the pan-Wales Technocamps programme, and through offering apprenticeship degree programmes and essential CPD opportunities, Swansea and Cardiff Universities are well placed to address the national skills shortage in the digital economy workforce.”

National IoC programme director Dr Rachid Hourizi, from the University of Bath, said: “Today’s launch brings together the worlds of industry, government and academia in a combined effort to respond to the digital skills crisis.

“This collaboration will ensure that the next generation of students and workers gain access to the latest, high-quality training courses to equip them with the technical abilities they need to thrive in the modern economy.”

Julie James AM, leader of the house with responsibility for digital, added: “Earlier this year the Welsh Government announced £1.2m to support Cardiff and Swansea Universities’ involvement in the UK-wide Institute of Coding, helping create the next generation of digital specialists.

“Having world-class digital skills is absolutely essential and I’m pleased to be at the launch today of the Institute in Wales which will be key in strengthening these skills in Wales.”