Adelaide tech community hosting a 'learn to code' workshop this weekend

- March 27, 2014 2 MIN READ

The rapid progression of technology is making traditional jobs and employment structures redundant, and prompting employers to hire people who can code. This wouldn’t be a problem if pursuing careers in computer science was a popular option among young people – in fact, computer science graduates have dropped in half over the past 10 years.

Australia is near the bottom of the OECD in creating students interested Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), meaning that kids are missing out on career opportunities available in the technology industry.

In a recent jobs report by CareerCast, “Software Engineer” ranked in the top three jobs – thanks to low stress, great work environments, and high pay – yet Australian companies are still struggling to find qualified programmers.

Adelaide’s technology community has decided to rise to the challenge. The Coder Factory, a Sydney-based Ruby on Rails coding school, has partnered with Adelaide coworking community Majoran Distillery to host the Beginner Coder Weekend Workshop.

The workshop will educate participants on basic programming concepts, web design fundamentals and building professional websites with front-end frameworks.

Majoran’s Managing Director, Michael Reid, said their business community was eager to lend support after realising the impact the closure of Holden will have on the local community. Majoran members saw the workshop as a great way to increase the students’ employability and give back to the local community.

“Cost of production was one factor in the closure of Holden, the high Aussie dollar and high wage costs, but there is an underlying theme in that the increasingly global marketplace and its reliance on technology is changing the workforce in unprecedented ways,” he said in the media release.

“Our response as a community has been to help up-skill young people in the use of technology. Why not help as many people as possible, and if they can’t afford it, let’s find a way to support them.”

Local development agency Next Faze has also come on board and will supply laptops for the students. Head of Next Faze, Derek Munneke, said the company’s staff were attending the workshop as paying participants and were keen to lend their support to the initiative.

“It’s about ensuring students learn as early as possible and understand the opportunities that are available to them so they can make their own future in the IT industry,” Munneke said in the media release.

The Beginner Coder Weekend Workshop will be held on the 29th and 30th of March and will be a great opportunity to those who want to learn how to code. The course is $395 for the general public; and members of Majoran Distillery will receive a 25 percent discount, paying $295.

Click here for more details on how to enrol.