Canary Wharf Group backs Code Club in Tower Hamlets schools

By Beth Allcock on December 20, 2013 3:08 PM |

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Tower Hamlets youngsters could soon be one step ahead in the digital skills sector after Canary Wharf Group pledged its financial support to an after-school coding scheme.

Code Club will allow children to make technology as well as to use it in 75 per cent of primary schools in the borough during its initial year.

During its recent Technology Accelerator session at Level39, CWG also announced that professionals from the tech and finance sector would help deliver the programme to youngsters.

CWG chairman and chief executive Sir George Iacobescu said: "As Canary Wharf continues to grow, more businesses are looking for advanced IT skills.

"We are determined that local young people will get the best possible chance of securing jobs in this hugely exciting sector."

Charles Clarke, who works in the technology and data department at Morgan Stanley, volunteers at a Code Club in William Davis Primary School, Bethnal Green.

He said: "All the volunteers live and work in Tower Hamlets, and the teaching material is brilliant, meaning every minute is a minute spent focused on the young people."

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