Barclays Banks Launches Kids Coding Site

Barclays bank has launched a coding app aimed specifically at children.

The app will offer weekly classes in its latest initiative to increase its credentials in IT-based service position.

Through its Digital Eagles project the bank has launched its Code Playground which uses the Scratch 1.4 programme.

Barclays want to be seen as leaders in digital banking, as customers increasingly use technologies such as mobile and internet applications to bank.

Research for Barclays found 77% of parents think it is important to teach people coding skills.

Through their programme, children and adults will be able to learn coding online or in branch, and get help from Barclay's Digital Eagles.

Steven Roberts, strategic transformation director at Barclays said the bank's Digital Eagles work in local communities to help people to learn IT skills, and that since the launch of the Digital Eagle project in 2013, over 12,000 Digital Eagle positions have been created.

Barclays said: "In 2015, 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."

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