200 Graduates and Counting…

CodeClan growth plans announced for 2018

CodeClan announces 200 graduates have now found work in Scotland’s digital technology sector and reveals major growth plans for 2018.

CodeClan, Scotland’s only accredited digital skills academy has just turned two. Rather than the usual teething problems and tantrums, the academy celebrated with the news that 200 of its graduates have so far found jobs in Scotland’s digital technology sector.

Thanks to this success – and a growing demand from the sector, CodeClan announced plans to double the course numbers in its new Glasgow campus in 2018.

The academy will increase its intake from three cohorts to six in 2018, with an additional nine starting in its Edinburgh HQ. This will produce 200 new job-ready individuals in Edinburgh and another 120 in Glasgow in 2018.

CodeClan students have the opportunity to work towards a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Level 8 pass in Software Development on the course. More than 100 have already completed this to date. The results already look impressive, 70% of all CodeClan graduates secure technology related jobs within three months of completing their course, and this rises to 90% within four months.

The academy is a key element in the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy for Scotland, which aims to create the conditions for Scotland’s digital technologies industries to thrive. CodeClan works closely with industry to meet a shared objective of employing 150,000 in digital technology roles over the next five years.

John Swinney, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, said:

“Digital skills are playing an increasingly important role in almost all business sectors. Being able to provide a technologically savvy workforce will be crucial for Scotland in the years ahead and CodeClan is playing an influential role in helping us to achieve this.

“The number of organisations returning to recruit skilled employees highlights the success of CodeClan and I welcome its plans for expansion. There is a well-publicised skills gap in the global tech sector and initiatives such as this are key to helping Scotland build the skills capacity to meet that demand.”

Chair of Skills Development Scotland, John F McClelland CBE, said:

“CodeClan’s success shows how SDS and partners can work with industry to react quickly to meet the skills needs of employers.

“Its success has been in equipping people with the digital skills they need and that businesses want in a crucial area of Scotland’s economy.

“A digital skills academy was one of the key actions identified by our Digital Technologies Skills Investment Plan, developed with industry backing in 2014, with CodeClan opening the following year.”

Polly Purvis, chair of CodeClan, said:

“CodeClan has come a long way in two years and continues to change to meet the needs of the industry. We work closely with employers to make sure we are producing people with skills relevant to their needs. With an increase in courses planned for 2018, we will be providing more opportunities than ever before for people considering a career in tech to get involved and develop the skills the industry badly needs.”

Registers of Scotland has recruited 10 of CodeClan’s graduates. The organisation responsible for compiling and maintaining 18 public registers relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland has placed eight students into roles within their software development team, as well as appointing one business analyst and one user experience specialist.

Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, Sheenagh Adams said:

“I’d like to congratulate CodeClan on its second anniversary. It’s great to see this programme is being expanded and that its graduates are playing a key role in Scotland’s digital transformation. Registers of Scotland (RoS) aims to become a fully digital business by 2020, and has benefitted from the expertise and skill of eight CodeClan graduates to-date, with two more due to join us in the next month. I’m delighted that our work with CodeClan has been so successful, and I look forward to seeing what their next steps will bring.”

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