Kainos, a leading provider of digital services and platforms, is offering young people the chance to gain valuable coding skills through a  free-to-attend event in association with Queen’s University, Belfast this summer.

CodeCamp is part of the Kainos Academy, whose aim is to inspire, develop and recruit the next generation of tech talent by creating opportunities for them to develop and hone skills they may not even know they need yet. CodeCamp, which will take place between July 22 – August 2, is Northern Ireland’s biggest coding workshop for teens aged between 14-18 years of age who are studying STEM subjects.

Students are now invited to apply for a place on either the Foundation Course, where 14-16 year olds will learn how to build an app from scratch; or the Advanced Course for 17-18 year olds or those aged 14 to 16 who have previously attended CodeCamp. The Advanced Course will see participants learn about HTML, CSS and JavaScript, as well as how to develop their own websites under the guidance of professional mentors from Kainos and Queen’s.

It’s a practical course that teaches the theory of A.I. to students before giving them the opportunity to put that learning into practice with a 12-hour hackathon, developing machine learning technology that will improve lives. Gemma Crothers, Social Responsibility Manager at Kainos said: “We are delighted to be able to offer so many young people a chance to gain skills that will help open the door to a future career in the IT industry.

“The demand for tech talent is growing at an incredible pace thanks to rapid advances in emerging technologies and the skills gap is getting wider. Our way of addressing the problem was to create Kainos Academy as a way to invest not only in our current employees, but also in the future workforce.

“Furthermore, we are calling for more girls to join the tech industry in order to achieve a truly balanced workforce. Encouragingly 40 per cent of our codecampers last year were female and we are proactively creating role models to inspire and show these girls that there are valued roles, at all levels for them in tech.

“What we are offering is an accelerated path for motivated students to learn and develop machine learning and coding skills that will allow them a head-start in their career. In fact a lot of young people who participated in Kainos Academy programmes such as A.I.Camp have gone on to secure high-value jobs with us.”

Kainos also fully funds a Computing Systems degree for each successful applicant on their Earn as You Learn initiative and pays them a competitive salary, as well as providing book and study allowances.

“Additionally, 80% of this year’s Earn as You Learn intake attended CodeCamp, so the opportunity that these camps present can’t be understated,” she finished.

Both events will take place in Queen’s University Belfast’s Computer Science Building; to apply please visit kainos.com/academy The deadline to apply for CodeCamp is June 21.

Demand for places will be high, so potential participants are being urged to give themselves sufficient time to consider their application before submitting.

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