Apple offers free coding sessions across Europe for EU Code Week
Apple has announced that it will offer over 2,000 free coding sessions during EU Code Week, running October 6-21, with at least one free session every day in every Apple store throughout Europe.
‘The language of the future’
“Coding is a critical skill that gives people of all ages the chance to create and share their ideas with the world,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO in a press release.
“Apple has long believed coding is the language of the future, and we’ve created a range of tools to make it fun and accessible for everyone. We’re thrilled to offer thousands of sessions in Apple stores for EU Code Week and can’t wait to share our love for coding with young people and educators across Europe.”
Technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in Europe, and data from the European Commission shows 9 out of 10 future jobs will require digital skills.
There are now 1.5 million jobs across Europe attributable to Apple’s fast-growing iOS app economy, with the number of app economy jobs increasing each year.
Everyone can code, including you
The sessions are open to everyone. Sessions are designed to inspire and help people of all ages and skill levels learn to code with hands-on interactive experiences.
The following topics are available:
- How To: Get Started with Coding
- Teacher Tuesdays: App Design & Coding Basics
- Kids Hour: Sphero Maze Challenge.
They aren’t the only coding lessons Apple provides – it offers many more within its Today at Apple events program. Over 75,000 attendees have taken part in more than 14,000 coding sessions at Apple stores across Europe in the past year.
Europe for the people
There are now hundreds of institutions in Europe teaching Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum with Swift. Launched in 2016, this provides lessons, teacher guides and apps for educators to teach coding in the classroom.
Everyone Can Code joins Apple’s new Everyone Can Create initiative as one-of-a-kind programs for teachers that keep students excited and engaged.
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Colleges and vocational programs across Europe offer the more advanced App Development with Swift, which gives students the tools to create their own apps and learn important skills for today’s software jobs. Students can also now validate their skills through the App Development with Swift Certification — a new academic certification that measures aspiring app developers’ ability to program with Swift after completing a year-long program.