Students who want to learn coding [What Europe does for you]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for students who want to learn coding.

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We increasingly use digital products, services and connected devices. The digitalisation of society changes the way we communicate, work, shop and requires people to acquire new digital skills.

Currently, there are more than 350,000 vacancies in Europe for highly skilled technical experts in areas such as artificial intelligence or cybersecurity. Are you a student interested in technology and computers? If yes, you should learn coding because knowing how to write computer language is necessary for creating new applications, websites or software and will be a key competence in tomorrow’s digital world.  

The European Coding Initiative brings together a wide range of companies, schools and organisations to promote coding in the education system in Europe. Already several countries have introduced coding classes in primary or in secondary schools. Moreover, every year a Europe Code Week is organised to give all participants the opportunity to take part to coding classes in a fun way. The next EU Code Week 2018 will take place in October 2018 and the EU wants to involve at least half of schools in EU. Check for your country!

In addition, thanks to the Digital Education Action and the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition promoted by the EU, many high tech companies are financing coding classes for students. Furthermore, the new Digital Opportunity traineeship initiative will provide cross-border traineeships for up to 6,000 students and recent graduates between 2018 and 2020.  Check if you can participate!

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