Dr Rashmi Mantri, founder and director of The British Youth IT College and Supermaths, was again invited onto the “Mornings with Kaye Adams” BBC Radio Scotland show.


Listen to the full discussion by clicking here. The segment begins at exactly 1:54:00 with an introduction by Kaye Adams. Dr Rashmi Mantri starts giving her input at 1:57:00. The segment lasts for about 30 minutes and is well worth a listen.


A discussion on coding, communication and modern skill requirements.

The main topic of discussion was the importance of computer coding skills over traditional inter-communication skills in the education of children.

Rashmi was asked about and offered her opinion on a number of topics which you can see below:

  • There is a skills shortage for IT skills as demonstrated in a report by recruitment firm Robert Walters, in partnership with Jobsite and Totaljobs. It shows that “65% of employers believe that they will face skills shortages in 2018“.
  • Both coding skills and communication are important with a balance between the 2 required.
  • Technology is here to stay, to pretend otherwise is wrong. Therefore teaching children to code helps them a great deal.
  • The success of apprenticeships in coding would be greater if introduced to children at a younger age.
  • Rashmi acknowledges that coders can grow up introverted due to the solitary nature of programming. Which is why a healthy balance of coding and communication in education is important.
  • BYITC also offers classes on building your own PC, and other classes that incorporate team work, communication and collaboration when coding.
  • Coding can help with Logic building, brain development and confidence building.

Further Reading

For more information about 2019 Summer boot camps with The British Youth IT College, click here

To see more information about the importance of brain development and building confidence, see the links below