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CodeClan Pivots to Virtual Classroom Model Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Ross Kelly



CEO Melinda Matthews-Clarkson said COVID-19 has “accelerated the need to incorporate digitisation and data” across Scotland’s business scene.

Digital Skills academy, CodeClan, has announced it is moving to a virtual interactive classroom model due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By using virtual classrooms, its student cohorts, which often total over 100 candidates, are continuing to keep up with studies in the Professional Software Development, Data Analysis and Full-Stack Web Development courses.

Teams at the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness campuses will continue working via a virtual platform until the academy can return to a “more blended form of in situ and remote learning”, CodeClan said.

Commenting on the virtual pivot, CodeClan CEO Melinda Matthews-Clarkson said: “COVID-19 has accelerated the need to incorporate digitisation and data across the business scene in Scotland and globally. At CodeClan, we talk about ‘future-proofing’ your career and this is now more relevant than ever because of the current health crisis and how it’s going to impact the work dynamic in the months and years ahead.

“Not only do new employees need to understand how critical software applications and data-driven decisions are, but we need to reach all of the employees in a business to be able to manage and survive the impact of the pandemic.”

To date, over 950 people have graduated from CodeClan since the digital skills academy first opened its doors in 2015.

The majority of CodeClan’s graduates are now working in technical roles with over 250 employer partners, ranging from large corporates, government departments and major financial institutions, to the tech startup scene.

Since joining in December 2017, Matthews-Clarkson has overseen the academy’s move to a self-funding model following initial Scottish Government support, and is now a key player in helping to address and tackle Scotland’s digital skills gap.


Scottish Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, welcomed the move to a virtual classroom model and insisted the need to maintain a steady flow of tech talent in Scotland is more crucial than ever.

She said: “I’m pleased that CodeClan have acted quickly in response to COVID-19 and adapted their Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness campuses to virtual interactive classrooms.

“It’s important that candidates continue to receive the excellent digital skills training that will prepare them for exciting careers int he new high-tech, low-carbon economy, which is going to play an important role in Scotland’s post-pandemic future.”

Ross Kelly

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