CHILDREN can learn to unlock the key to a high tech future thanks to computer programming classes in Glasgow.

The free computer clubs will offer lessons to youngsters aged eight to 11 in Castlemilk thanks to a joint venture by CoderDojo and Thenue Housing.

Similar classes were run by CoderDojo in Glasgow last summer, teaching children how to create apps and games and build websites.

They aim to inspire the next generation of digital content managers.

The classes will run once a month at the Thenue offices in Blaeloch Drive, with the first on February 14. The sessions will be in the morning - from 11am to 1pm - or afternoon - from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

They are part of Thenue's Smart Communnities project which provides people in communities with access to computers, the internet, digital training and support.

Charlie Turner, chief executive of Thenue Housing said : "This is a great opportunity for young people in Castlemilk to get involved in an innovative project which will capture their imaginations and encourage them to learn new skills.

"The skills they learn will help them in the future of a digitally-evolving society."

A similar scheme was launched last June by Future City/Glasgow, a £24million programme showing how technology can make life in the city smarter and safer.

City council leader Gordon Matheson said the council was encouraged to get involved in that project because "today's young people are the innovators of tomorrow."

He added: "These days, even as toddlers, children begin playing with technology such as mobile phones or tablets.

"We hope to harness children's natural thirst for knowledge by introducing them at an early age to skills which will serve them well in later life.

"Having a skilled workforce is crucial to retaining a competitive edge and people have always been Glasgow's greatest asset."

The Castlemilk sessions are free and children do not need to take any equipment or have any experience.

Call 0141 550 9575 to book.