The week runs from 18th until 24th September, with CodeClan offering free hour-long lunchtime sessions at their Edinburgh (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30pm) and Glasgow (Friday 12.30pm) campuses for members of the public to sign up to and come along.

There is an unprecedented demand from employers for digital skills and around 12,800 job opportunities will be created in Scotland’s digital tech industry this year. The sector is set to be Scotland’s fastest growing by 2024.

The annual celebration of all things coding is in its fourth year and is constantly growing in popularity. This year, CodeClan is opening up its doors to the public to invite would-be coders to give programming a try. The sessions teach participants how to write their first line of code and learn about how they could change career.

In addition to the taster sessions, CodeClan has produced a downloadable e-book readily available on their website ‘Why Learn to Code’ which is a comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of coding.

Adam Bannon, acting CEO of CodeClan said: “National Coding Week is a great initiative to increase the awareness of a must-have skill in today’s digital world. At CodeClan we want to encourage people from all walks of life to come along and give coding a go. Our sessions at lunchtime are specially designed for those who can’t make it along to our regular evening and weekend events. We are proud to be supporting National Coding Week and our taster sessions will give people a feel for what it’s like to be in a creative digital learning environment. We have successfully placed more than 150 graduates in a tech role which is a fantastic achievement in under two years since the beginning of CodeClan.”

CodeClan offers students the chance to retrain and make the jump into a digital technology role by completing their immersive 16-week Professional Software Development course. Over 95% of CodeClan graduates are offered employment within six months of finishing the course with many receiving a job offer sooner.

As well as CodeClan events, CodeClan is supporting two additional events hosted by Codebar and Women Who Code during National Coding Week. Women Who Code is offering an Introduction to Ruby (programming language) workshop at CodeClan on Tuesday 19th September at 6:30 pm and Codebar are running a coding workshop on Saturday 23rd September. Both events are free to sign up to.

Richard Rolfe, founder of National Coding Week, said: “National Coding Week was created because, as an industry, we identified that we needed to do something ourselves to address this ever-growing skills gap. But we also believe that coding is a lot of fun and a fantastic skill that should be opened up to more people.”