Last week, more than 50 students aged 13-19 attended the Coding Summer School, where they had the opportunity to learn basic computer programming. Through sessions with renowned coding experts, they experienced the importance of coding in everyday life. The ambition of the five-day Coding Summer School is to help students explore future job opportunities that digital skills could open up.
By the end of the week, students presented their work to officials from both industry and public sector: each student learned the theory of code and built a blog, a game and a mobile app. In just 5 days, bright young minds have been exposed to a new world of digital innovation and opportunity.
To maintain the optimal performance of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, more than eight million lines of unique code are combined with 10 million lines of off-the-shelf pre-written code. This is just one example of how the aerospace industry requires technicians with the right digital skills, and why Boeing and ThinkYoung have worked together to initiate the Coding Summer School to inspire Belgium’s young students.
Boeing forecasts that the world will need more than 1 million new aviation technicians and pilots over the next 20 years, with 200,000 of these needed in Europe alone. As the aerospace industry continues to digitise, IT know-how will be an essential skill for tomorrow’s talent. That is why Boeing aims to inspire the next generation to solve the important aerospace challenges of the future.
Lieve Wierinck, member of the European Parliament, supported the initiative and visited the School last Friday. “Currently in the European Union, there are 900,000 jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and ICT not filled due to lack of relevant skills. There is a clear mismatch between these required skills and the labor market’s needs, and while youth employment is a priority for the European Union, there is no single solution for these challenges. The Coding Summer School fully supports the priorities of the European Commission,” said Wierinck.
As a next step, Boeing and ThinkYoung plan to organise a European parliament event in October to discuss the digital skills gap and actions needed on the regulatory side – the Aviation Blog will keep you posted!
Discover more on the Coding Summer School at www.codingsummerschool.comboeing