Coding has become a highly sought-after skill for businesses and computer programming will be an increasingly fundamental literacy for future employment. The rollout of Code Club in Tasmania, which is aiming to reach every primary school in the state, is a very exciting opportunity for Tasmanian students to learn these skills at an early age.

I was very pleased to launch the initiative at Parliament House and meet some of the early adopters of Code Club.

Code Club Australia is a nationwide network of free, volunteer-led, after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. It is a not-for-profit organisation that offers both curriculum and teacher training to educators, then encourages the formation of Code Clubs within schools.

We welcome Code Club Australia’s commitment to become established across Tasmania. This is the first time Code Club has offered such an opportunity on such a scale and it is exciting that Tasmania is in a position to make the most of this opportunity.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to growing a connected and empowered economy. We’ve already launched the ICT Workforce Development Plan to identify what actions are needed to grow our ICT workforce and today’s partnership with Code Club is another step in the right direction.

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