Technical Minds of Sheffield Join Forces for a Brighter Future

26th March 2015

Benchmark Recruit partnered with national not for profit organisation, Code Club, on Tuesday, 24th March to host a meet up at the Workstation and partner volunteers from digital businesses in Sheffield with South Yorkshire schools working to educate the next generation about essential coding skills.

Code Club help volunteers with coding knowledge get into schools to run clubs that teach children to code. The clubs are free for children to attend and for schools to host. There are over 2300 clubs across the UK and over 800 schools on the waiting list. -As recruiters in the IT and Digital sector, at Benchmark we recognised the need to educate the next generation and help plug the gaps in the work force, as at the moment the demand outweighs the supply when it comes to candidates. The meet up was a great success and several schools will benefit with new Code Clubs being set up, as our clients and candidates are working to inspire the next generation, said Louisa Harrison-Walker, Director at Benchmark Recruit. Code Club have won a number of awards along the way including: Talk Talk's 'Digital Heroes' in 2013; the Europa's ('Greatest influence on society') in 2014. Visit http://www.codeclub.org.uk to find out more. Image (Left to Right) Allan McRae (potential volunteer), April Worrall (DWP), Steve Clarke (Code Club Pro Trainer), Lesley McRae (Hartley Brook Academy), GaryGrimbley (Working Links), Anthony Mercer (Blymi), Sebastian Marek (Plus Net), Sarah Cullen (Sheffield City Council), Louisa Harrison-Walker (Director, Benchmark), Ellis Ridge (Benchmark Consultant), Linda Broughton (Code Club Yorkshire and Humberside), Brad Gyton (Tribal) & Joseph Hackney (3Squared)

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