In the many and varied volunteer programs in which our people participate, they donate something even more valuable than money – their skills and time. One such program is the ‘Cododojo’ run by Bankwest volunteers from Enterprise Services (ES), which is a free coding club to help young people aged between seven and 17 years learn coding and digital literacy skills.
The club is not the only activity ES volunteers are involved in. Every October, female mentors from ES run a day-long girls-only ‘dojo’ during the school holidays. Girls from across Perth are invited to learn coding in a supportive environment at Bankwest Place. As the state’s biggest IT employer, Bankwest aims to demonstrate that ‘coding is cool’ and that IT can be a great career choice for women.
In addition, in the January and April school holidays in 2017 Coderdojo@Bankwest ran school holiday coding sessions for children at Ronald McDonald House in Perth. The kids staying at the house were from rural and regional areas and either they or their siblings were undergoing medical treatment, often for months at a time, at Princess Margaret Hospital. It gave them an opportunity to program Lego ‘Mindstorm’ robots (model robots with sensors) or build computer games, giving them insights into coding and providing a distraction from hospital treatment.