Coding is increasingly becoming one of the most sought-after skills in the world today.
In September 2013, coding and the relevant computer science skills that make a good programmer, such as logic, algorithms and analytics, were added to school curriculums in the UK across all age groups. Creative agency teams of the future will all have some level of ability in writing code and an understanding of the foundations behind websites and programming – whether they work in a development role, a creative role or account management role.
Why are coding skills important in an agency?
When we work on website and digital projects for clients it isn’t just our web engineers and development team that work on the project, it moves through every area of the agency – UX architects, UI designers, project managers, content strategists, copywriters, SEO. So, when we’re discussing site concepts and the implementation of ideas for new websites, the more knowledge everyone has, the more meaningful input everyone can have, and the better the output will be.
Helping our team develop their coding skills.
Back in December 2019 we came up with the idea of running our own ‘Torpedo Code Club’, to offer anyone in the agency who wished to learn how to code, starting from the very basics, the opportunity to learn.
We were inspired by the work of Codebar. Codebar is a great initiative that gives the opportunity for people from under-represented groups, like women, LGBTQ and ethnic groups, the opportunity to get into coding with a safe space to learn.
In the Summer of 2019 we had teamed up with Codebar to sponsor their Oxford meetups. Members of our development team went along to help the students with their coding tasks and giving a couple of talks on various coding subjects.
Seeing how well the setup of the attendees independently working through tasks with developers available to give guidance at the tricky parts worked at those sessions, we decided to use the same approach for our internal sessions.
Everyone learns at a different pace, so this approach means no one feels like they are holding the group back, and they are not put off from asking questions. Also, people who miss a session or two can jump right back in where they left off and not lose their own momentum by suddenly feeling left behind.