Scotland’s national digital skills academy, CodeClan has named its first lot of industry partners to join its new CodeClan Highlands campus.
Tuminds, Yellow Cherry Digital, Lugo IT, Quarch Technology, Scottish National Heritage, the University of the Highland and the Islands, Teclan, Cap Gemini and Football Pools have joined the campus’s partners programme and will help students find jobs in the tech industry.
As part of CodeClan’s match-making careers service, the new partner companies will be granted early access to the academy’s students before they graduate. They will also be able to access CodeClan’s growing calendar of industry events, make use of the organisation’s Inverness venue at Wasps Creative Academy on the site of the former Inverness Royal Academy.
Partners will also be the first to provide speakers and mentors for students during the course, and are eligible to join the advisory groups which help to shape the CodeClan curriculum and ensure every graduate is as valuable and job-ready as possible.
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CodeClan CEO Melinda Matthews-Clarkson said: “CodeClan’s partners are a large part of our success to date. They give us insight into the evolution of their industries, the changing nature of their challenges and how our graduates fit into their corporate culture.
“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome our first dedicated Highlands partners on-board. They demonstrate the incredible diversity and range of sectors and businesses in the region. We can’t wait to introduce them to our students and help them understand the incredible opportunities available throughout the north of Scotland.”
The purpose of the new campus is to help attract and retain young talent in the Highlands, create high-value jobs and ensure businesses across the region have access to skilled people to help innovate and improve competitiveness. It is run in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) as part of the Northern Innovation Hub on behalf of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.
When first launched in April, Scotland’s Minister for Public Finance and the Digital Economy, Kate Forbes MSP, said of the new Highlands campus: “I think this is one of the most exciting investments in the Highlands.”