The Institute of Coding (IoC) is a growing consortium of 35 universities and over 100 employers across England and Wales, funded through the Office for Students and HEFCW, with a mission to develop the next generation of digital talent at degree level and above. The IoC has a clear commitment to tackling the digital skills shortfall by making it easier for students, people at work and potential learners that have not previously been reached to access higher education and improve their technical abilities.
Its goals include developing specialist skills training in areas of strategic importance, boosting equality and diversity in technology-related education and careers and producing research to anticipate future skills gaps.
The Institute of Coding is centred around five core themes:
- University learners (led by the Open University) – To introduce new qualifications, to boost graduate employability through a new industry standard and incorporate learning which solves real-world business problems and develops business, technical and interpersonal skills.
- The digital workforce (led by Aston University) – To develop specialist skills training and develop alternative delivery models in areas of strategic importance for those employed in the digital sector.
- Digitalising the professions (led by Coventry University) – To develop those whose professions are undergoing digital transformation - helping learners retrain via new training programmes.
- Widening participation (led by Manchester Metropolitan University) – To boost equality and diversity in technology-related education and careers.
- Knowledge sharing and sustainability (led by the University of Bath) – To share outcomes and good practice and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the IoC.