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CodeClan Partners with Scottish Tech Army to Boost Career Opportunities

Ross Kelly


Scottish Tech army

More than 1,200 volunteers have joined the Scottish Tech Army since its launch earlier this year.

Digital skills academy CodeClan has partnered with the Scottish Tech Army to offer graduates a springboard into new digital careers and a chance to work alongside the organisation’s developers on a range of projects.

Launched in April this year, the Scottish Tech Army was founded to harness the skills of Scotland’s technology community and support organisations in the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Since its launch, some 1,200 volunteers have joined Scottish Tech Army and worked on more than 175 projects, spanning public sector and social enterprise initiatives.

Organisations supported by Scottish Tech Army include Young Enterprise Scotland, Govan Community Project, Edinburgh Community Food, Voluntary Services Aberdeen, Inspiring Scotland and the National Library of Scotland.

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Alistair Forbes, Founding Director and CEO of the Scottish Tech Army said: “CodeClan graduates have found that working on these projects has given them a valuable opportunity to put the skills they gained at CodeClan to practical use, work with experienced technologists and build their professional networks.

“They have also played an important part in the delivery of our services across Scotland and we are delighted to be extending our partnership.”

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO, CodeClan, added: “We are excited to formalise our partnership with Scottish Tech Army, which has already done so much important work for so many Scotland-based organisations that have faced incredible challenges because of Covid.

“For our graduates, working on real world projects can provide invaluable experience, experience which we can see has also helped many of them to secure employment.”

CodeClan has experienced record demand for its programming, data and bespoke courses in 2020 and recently marked its 5th anniversary.

Since opening its doors in 2015, the digital skills academy has produced over 1,000 graduates.

In recent weeks, CodeClan has also made a series of appointments to its leadership team.

These new additions include Neil Brown, who joins as Chief Operating officer from The Data Lab, Damien Miller to the role of Chief Delivery Officer and Bill Douglas, who replaces Polly Purvis as Chair.

Commenting on the appointments, Melinda Matthews-Clarkson said: “We’re pleased to have strengthened our leadership team in recent times and as we look ahead to 2021, our focus will remain on our team, our graduates and continuing to build our employer and partner networks.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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