Independent Coding Course Success Story in Nottingham

IN PICTURE: Apprentice Tamara Phillips pictured at Adtrak. STORY: EDUCATION SPREAD: Tamara Phillips web design apprentice- rise in coding and digital technology in the city. Adtrak. Contact Ami Hassall 0115 959 7192.  PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK FEAR

IN PICTURE: Apprentice Tamara Phillips pictured at Adtrak.
STORY: EDUCATION SPREAD: Tamara Phillips web design apprentice- rise in coding and digital technology in the city. Adtrak. Contact Ami Hassall 0115 959 7192.
PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK FEAR

Tamara Phillips, a 19-year-old, learned to code on her own during her first year of sixth form. Now, having finished her studies at New College Nottingham, she is working in a web design apprenticeship.

Students at the college decided to join the annual Technovation Challenge during their first year. At the time, Phillips knew nothing about coding, but was interested nonetheless. With three other students, she created an app to fight crime in collaboration with the Nottinghamshire police, which was selected as a finalist in the competition, where they received an award for ‘Best Educational App.”

How did someone with only basic IT skills end up as a finalist in a prominent tech competition? The answer is YouTube tutorials. Phillips would stay up late watching these tutorials at home in order to learn how to turn her vision into a workable app.

Even though Phillips originally envisioned herself working in childcare, she now knows IT is her true path. She received Levels 2 and 3 ICT qualifications through subsequent studies and is now completing the aforementioned apprenticeship with Adtrak, a role she hopes will develop into a senior position one day.

She notes that many girls do not even consider coding as a career prospect. “I wasn’t given the option in school,” she says, “but my little sister is, so things are changing for the better.” Given that Nottingham estimates that the IT sector is one of the top three areas of growth, this is particularly important. In the past five years, IT apprenticeships have risen 188% in the East Midlands region.

Dan Farrow, head of web design at Adtrak, emphasizes that coding skills are becoming critical in all fields of employment. “Learning how to code is one of those vital skills and it is becoming increasingly important as we move with digital advancement,” he says.

Schools like the West Bridgford School are responding to the industry’s development by hosting after school coding clubs and other initiatives. Such programs emphasize the opportunity for young people to keep up with today’s digital society by becoming creators and shapers of technology, rather than simply consumers.

Source: Nottingham Post