Free coding session offered for young and old in bank

Branch Manager (Terminus Rd Barclays) Martina Gausden SUS-140705-132943001
Branch Manager (Terminus Rd Barclays) Martina Gausden SUS-140705-132943001

Barclays Bank in Eastbourne town centre will hold a free Coding Playground for children and adults to learn coding with the help of one of the bank’s digital whizz-kids.

Coding is computer programming and people will be put through their paces on understanding computing technology with the help of a Barclays Digital Eagle on Tuesday February 17.

Barclays research shows a quarter of British school children say computing, incorporating skills such as learning the code behind the latest generation of graphic-heavy computer games - is their favourite school subject.

The findings show just how far education has swung from their parents’ generation who favoured English during their school days.

However, the statistics also show the introduction of coding into the National Curriculum has left some parents unable to help on the new favourite school subject.

Nearly a third of parents don’t believe they can assist their children with computing homework and two fifths said they ‘dread’ helping with it.

With this in mind, Barclays Digital Eagles³ are continuing to help families of all ages acquire and embrace digital skills and knowledge through the launch of Code Playground. 

The initiative gives customers and non-customers alike the opportunity to learn about coding online or in branch with the help of a Barclays Digital Eagle.

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to participate in order to bridge the divide between the generations’ digital know-how.

One of the first of these events takes place at the Terminus Road Eastbourne branch on Tuesday February 17 at 5.30pm.

Anyone interesting in attending should ask in the branch or register on the website - barclayscodeplayground.co.uk.

Eastbourne branch manager Tina Gausden said, “The purpose of our Digital Eagles is simple – to work in local communities to give people the opportunity to learn and embrace digital skills, from sending an email, Skyping family or learning how to bank online.

“Since 2013, more than 12,000 Digital Eagles have helped thousands of people of all ages to get more out of being online, but we don’t want to stop there.

“We’re now expanding that support to include coding either online or in-branch so whether you’re seven or one hundred and seven, you can take advantage of the opportunity to learn the emerging language of the new digital economy.

“We want to make sure we leave no one behind as we transform Barclays into a truly digital business”. 

The bank has also launched the Barclays Digital Driving License app, an interactive learning experience with ten modules, endorsed by City and Guilds and designed by Digital Eagles and digital partner brands such as Microsoft and IBM.