Generation Code

“Computer science is for boys”

“Isn’t it just a bit geeky”

“Code is for gamers trapped in their bedrooms”

Ever heard your young people say something similar? Or maybe you’ve even thought the same…

Well these may be some of the biggest stereotypes but actually, computer science is becoming increasingly popular and more importantly, it’s part of almost everything young people love; fashion, music, food, social media, sport, theatre – even your microwave is powered by code.

It’s also got the backing of many celebs, from musicians, models, comedians, sports stars, presenters, and actors – even a member of Taylor Swift’s squad!

But Generation Code is more than just learning about code. It’s about inspiring young people in a digital world by using themes that interest them while challenging the perceptions of computer science.

By running Generation Code you have the power to enable young people to take advantage of new digital opportunities in a world where 90% of all jobs require digital skills.

What is Generation Code?

Generation Code is a UK Youth and Youth Cymru programme, run in partnership with Microsoft, to address the lack of skills and interest in computer science in young people.

Using a BBC micro:bit – a cool piece of tech that proves anyone can code – Generation Code allows young people to explore, create and be inspired by computer science.

Generation Code taps into the interests of young people so that regardless of their passion or career aspirations, all young people can feel inspired by technology. Whether they want to be the next big fashion designer, musician or even astronaut, the new programme can be tailored to fit their needs and ensure that coding is relevant to their aspirations.


At least 30,000 young adults aged 15-24 lack the fundamental digital skills needed in today’s digital by default society.  90% of all jobs now require digital skills to some degree.  Young people with lower levels of digital knowledge will face significant disadvantages, especially when it comes to employability.

We want to make digital learning a priority for young people and provide the skills and knowledge they need to flourish in our digital world.  To have the access, skills and support they need to build bright futures, regrardless of their background or circumstance.


We want to create long-term impact across the youth sector by helping organisations build sustainable models for increasing digital provision in their communities