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Digital Skills Academy Reaches Graduate Numbers Milestone

David Paul



CodeClan is marking its fifth anniversary with the announcement of its thousandth graduate.

Edinburgh-based education institution CodeClan has passed 1000 graduates at Scotland’s national digital skills academy, where it has been running courses since 2015.

After a difficult time coping with the coronavirus pandemic, the CodeClan team and many candidates are now back on campus in Edinburgh and Glasgow combined with continuing remote learning via virtual classrooms.

The firm pivoted into virtual classrooms in May in preparation for a national lockdown. The move helped its student cohorts to continue to keep up with studies in the Professional Software Development, Data Analysis and Full-Stack Web Development courses.

CodeClan CEO Melinda Matthews-Clarkson said: “We are not going to pretend that the last few months have been easy but it’s nice to take a moment to see how far we have come as we mark our thousandth graduate.

“It’s exciting to get people back on campus, albeit in a restricted fashion for the foreseeable future, and we’re really pleased that our virtual classrooms have come into their own since lockdown.”

Despite the pandemic, CodeClan launched a new course in September, set to welcome its first candidates on the 18th of October, aimed at software security issues for businesses.

Named ‘Cyber Secure Coder’, the three-day cybersecurity course aims to address the growing issue of software security due to the growing threat of cybercrime after the onset of Covid-19.

The recent Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review, authored by former Skyscanner COO Mark Logan and commissioned by the Scottish Government, identified “Education and Training” as of the fundamental requirements for the future success of Scotland’s digital sector.


Commenting on the review, Matthews-Clarkson added: “The Logan Review illustrates in no uncertain terms how important education and training is if we want to take our digital sector to the next level in Scotland.

“It’s great to see the Scottish Government already moving on the report’s recommendations so there’s a real collective feeling in the tech community that we’re now pointed in the right direction.”

The review made 34 recommendations in total, including the creation of a national network of hubs for technology startups and the establishment of a new fund to make investments in the Scottish tech sector.

The proposed investment fund would provide funding for tech conferences or events aimed at attracting external investors.

Logan also called for the creation of ‘startup summer schools’ for students and greater investment in re-skilling for people seeking jobs in the tech sector itself.

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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