Through Coding Basics to IT Careers

msft logo rgb c grayCurrent Youth Situation
As on June 2015, youth unemployment (26 thousand) rate reaches 16,6 per cent in Lithuania (EU average is 20,7). 72 per cent of them have secondary school, college or even university degree. IT sector may hire at least 15-20 thousand new IT professionals over the next 5 years, but labour market and education system can offer only small part of this demand. One of the main reasons of the shortage of IT specialists in Europe is the lack of youth awareness in digital jobs.

For many digital job places it is enough initial level of computer science knowledge and understanding of coding basics. E.g. in 2014-2015 Langas į ateiti has offered fast JAVA/web programming and IS testing courses under the FIT model to unemployed youth, often having no any IT knowledge background. The graduates immediately received apprenticeship or even job offers in IT sector companies. This shows that even relatively small efforts to teach youth programming can positively respond to their careers.

Usually only exact sciences-oriented senior classes in Lithuania are taught in programming (formal Pascal structures as usual). Other students have very limited access to coding learning opportunities, unless enthusiastic teachers arrange LOGO training groups for the primary classes. Kodu coding could successfully fill this gap thanks to its relative simplicity and attractiveness for younger age pupils.

Purpose of the Proposed Youth Project
The aim is to encourage 12-13 y.o. young people still at school to take interest in programming, obtain initial coding skills and thus prepare for future digital jobs and become more desirable in the labor market. At the same time the project could help youth to choose digital careers in the future as well as to reduce the huge shortage of professionals in the IT sector.

The objective is to increase coding learning in schools by developing sustainable network of schools teachers and providing them relevant coding learning methodology and materials. It is expected to localize and develop Kodu learning methodology for pupils, build Kodu training network community and invite at least 300 teachers in it. Using the multiplier effect more than 1000 pupils will be benefited through the project life time.
Kodu learning methodology will be piloted by trainers and their students in September . Later on a net of KODU programming teachers enthusiasts will be developed all around the country.


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