Coding Cupboard Launches To Connect A Generation Of Student Coders With Business

The issue of coding as a skill is starting to really hot up in 2014. With the introduction of computing into the UK school curriculum, the launch of the Year of Code campaign and the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web there will be a much greater focus on why it is important to code.

Coding Cupboard, an online platform that connects businesses with student coders, aims to help aspiring young coders gain vital commercial experience, build a real portfolio of work and monetize their skills by the time they leave education. Adam Ball, General Manager of Coding Cupboard, says “I’m a computer science graduate myself and having experienced a tough jobs market three years ago I know how vital it is to have as much real world experience as possible. This is why I’m excited to be launching Coding Cupboard - to both benefit young digital natives and UK businesses”.

With over 745,000 new work ready “digital workers” needed by 2017, according to an O2 report*, the challenge is on to ensure that talent supply meets demand in order to stimulate future economic growth. One potential source for this talent is young people according to Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefonica UK who was quoted saying “We desperately need to see more businesses giving young people the opportunity to grow their confidence and capitalise on their skills and knowledge”.

The team behind Coding Cupboard has already enjoyed success in the creative sector with their sister business Concept Cupboard. The business, which celebrates its third birthday this month, match makes brands and businesses with up and coming creative arts students to produce high quality, affordable design & marketing.

As well as students, Coding Cupboard is also looking to help the 1/3 of UK businesses that have no online presence according to a report** from Lloyds Banking Group and Go ON UK. With SMEs in the UK making up over 99.9% of businesses this is deemed an important section of the economy to help exploit the digital revolution. It is an opportunity for UK businesses that Simon Devonshire, co-founder of Concept Cupboard and Director for Wayra Europe, talks frequently about, “The impact of the digital revolution is as significant and profound as the industrial revolution. All businesses – large or small – have to have digital at their heart.”

Coding Cupboard launched on the 14 February and is open to any UK business, current students and recent graduates. See www.codingcupboard.com for more information.

* http://businesshelp.lloydsbankbusiness.com/assets/pdf/Britains-Digital-Opportunity.pdf
** http://cdn.news.o2.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/The-Future-Digital-Skills-Needs-of-the-UK-Economy1.pdf

Author: Adam Ball, General Manager at Coding Cupboard and Computer Science alumnus (BSc Computer Science with Business Management 2011)