Theresa May reveals plans for a new £20m Institute of Coding

Speaking in Davos, the Prime Minister said the institute is being backed by IBM, Cisco, Microsoft and a host of universities from across the UK.

The Institute of Coding, which is made up of a consortium of more than 60 universities, businesses and industry experts, hopes to develop the next generation of digital specialists in order to plug the UK’s gaping digital skills gap.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos, the PM spoke about how the Institute of Coding, a key part of the government’s efforts to drive up digital skills through the Industrial Strategy, will equip people of all ages with the skills they need.

The consortium is formed of businesses including IBM, Cisco, BT and Microsoft, SMEs, 25 universities, and professional bodies such as the British Computer Society and CREST.

The 25 universities involved, led by the University of Bath, range from sector leaders in business and computer science (UCL and Newcastle University) to experts in arts and design (University of the Arts) to specialists in widening participation and outreach (Open University and Birkbeck, University of London).

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