Skills for Tomorrow: Coding and leadership

A summer programme of online learning designed for disabled adults looking to get into the workplace.

ClearCommunityWeb in partnership with Millennium Community Solutions are running an online programme to provide a combination of leadership skills and an introduction to web coding. The course runs for 12 weeks from 15 June, with a second cohort starting in September.

The programme aims to provide new skills for disabled adults looking to work from home, and the long-term unemployed who may have experienced mental health challenges. We would especially like to reach residents from BAME communities who may be looking for new routes to employment but are not sure where to start.

Course details

The course runs for 12 weeks and is split into two parts.

HTML, CSS and JavaScript coding

  • Online via Zoom. Sessions will be recorded.
  • June 15 for 8 weeks, 10am to 1pm (including break).

JavaScript is the core technology used for the modern web. It underpins the software used on mobile phones, desktops, and tablets for interacting with the world wide web and is the means of displaying data for apps, games, and utilities across all these devices.

Technology is fast moving, so this course is aimed at getting students up to speed with the technologies and techniques used by developers in their work for industry so that they can contribute at the cutting edge and the digital conversation.

What you’ll learn

You will learn how to build real world projects using modern techniques, how to plan software and problem solve. You will also learn how to set up and deploy your own workflow and environment, and use flowcharts to plan, execute and display ideas and designs to potential clients.

A breakdown of the course content is below:

HTML basics and markup language

  • what is HTML?
  • elements
  • attributes
  • formatting
  • links
  • images
  • tables

CSS (Cascading style sheets)

  • what is CSS?
  • syntax
  • selectors
  • DOM (Document Object Model)
  • formatting colours, objects, and images

JavaScript

  • what is JavaScript?
  • object oriented programming
  • elements
  • variables
  • data types and operators
  • functions
  • app flow
  • strings
  • statements and expressions
  • debugging tools
  • setting up an environment

Leadership 

  • online via Zoom. Recordings will be made available 
  • August 2022 for 4 weeks

Our leadership programme aims to ease the daunting adjustment from a world of Universal Credit and long-term unemployment to the world of employment, education, training, and leadership. 

You will be mentored through a series of webinars and one to one support sessions on a variety of subjects to help you prepare to enter the workplace, seek opportunities from home, and to strike a work/life balance. 

How to register

You can register by filling in this form.

Further information

To find out more about your suitability for the entire course, or just the mentorship section, please email Reverend Gail Thompson: gail@millenniumcommunitysolutions.com, or contact Southwyck direct: info@southwyck.co.uk

About the Team 

Reverend Gail Thompson 

Rev Gail, herself a wheelchair user, has been living with multiple sclerosis for 34 years. Gail is a proponent for the support of assistive technology made available to all, as well as inclusion, education, unemployment and, socio-economic change. Her life is not defined by her disability. 

She has experienced a range of barriers, negative attitudes and derogatory comments against individuals who are not seen as the norm. Frustration has drove her to design her own solutions; by turning the difficulties of being less able into a flourishing organisation. 

For people who are affected by health issues or restrictions, a home setting can also provide the freedom and flexibility needed to run a successful business. 

Akin Samuel 

Akin Samuel has over 20 years’ experience as an IT professional. He has implemented IT systems for a variety of multi disciplines at Shell International, Bechtel Engineering, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS and more recently for art galleries and charities. 

He found his new passion for digital inclusion while working at the Waterloo Action Centre where he trains over 50s (and some younger) in the basic digital skills they would need to get access to goods and services the more tech savvy take for granted. 

He is looking to extend this passion to teach disadvantaged people the modern language of the internet and empower them with the skills to meet the deficit of software engineers in the UK and that governments are crying out for and meet the challenge of building software for every need. 

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