Engaging Youth Through Coding Programs
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In March and April 2020, NEET (not in employment, education or training) rates of young Canadians dramatically increased to extremely high levels. See the chart below for a visual representation of increase rates by percentage.
An environmental scan of resources for youth in 2017 revealed that Canadian online courses are not easily available, free or adapted to high school leavers. In fact, coding programs can be both lengthy and expensive.
As a result, young adults today do not have access to the training or resources needed to climb out of low-paying, part-time jobs in the food service and retail industries.
In 2019, an Information and Communications Technology Council report revealed that under a moderate growth scenario, the demand for digitally-skilled talent in Canada will reach more than 305,000 by 2023.
Code Youth aims to prepare youth to fill these positions.
Who We Help
Code Youth serves young adults ages 17 to 24 who are either early leavers of high school or are facing difficulties in school.
Steps for success
Code Youth offers a free 10-12 week on-site/online training youth coding program designed to give participants both the technical and soft-skills necessary to succeed in the IT sector. To ensure that participants are engaged in both technical and experiential learning, Code Youth is collaborating with Ottawa IT firms, many of whom have volunteered to teach workshops. Our program offers participants the following:
Where you can go
Code Youth offers youth who face employment barriers: