Coding: a fundamental future skill

At the Central West Leadership Academy we know that job skills are changing, and the way young people will need to approach their future careers will be vastly different from the past.

In fact the New Work Smarts report from the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) states that “future Australian workers would on average make at least 17 changes in employers, across five different careers over their lifetime”.

That is why we are focusing our approach to education on a broad range of skills and learning habits to suit future needs.

In an interview with ABC News, Jan Owen, chief executive of the FYA, stated people will spend 30 per cent more time than they do now learning on the job: "We expect people to be spending double the amount of time on critical thinking, problem solving, using maths, science and technology and written and verbal skills."

According to the ABC article, Coding Crisis: getting tech skills taught in schools, Australia needs to “be a technology creator, not merely a consumer.” And Rosalyn Knapp, author of Cody Coder - an eBook that teaches young kids to code - says, "we owe it to our children to be able to teach them to understand code in a world where almost everything that they interact with on a daily basis will have some foundation in coding."

At the Academy, coding will be a fundamental feature of our 21st Century Learning model.

We owe it to our children to be able to teach them to understand code in a world where almost everything that they interact with on a daily basis will have some foundation in coding
— Roslyn Knapp
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Leon Sterling, Pro Vice Chancellor Digital Frontiers, Swinburne University of Technology, argues that, “being introduced to coding gives students an appreciation of what can be built with technology” (The Conversation: An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools).

As the future world for our students is increasingly online and automated, students will benefit from understanding how technology works and can transition from being mere consumers to producers in a technological world.

Mr Sterling further argues that “it's vital to get programming into schools as early as possible if we want to be globally competitive.” Software Engineer ranked in the top three jobs in a recent jobs report, due to “low stress, great work environments, and high pay”, yet many Australian companies are struggling to find qualified programmers.

The Academy will begin to prepare students with the coding skills they need to be able to fill that gap in the workforce.

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