With Scotland’s talent pipeline struggling to meet the demand for the nation’s growing digital sector, now more than ever it is important that alternative routes into digital careers are available.
The new CodeClan Highland Academy, which will commence its inaugural course in spring 2019, is one of these paths.
With capacity for 15 students in its first intake, it will provide industry-led training for a new generation of software and web developers.
According to CodeClan, the purpose of the initiative is to attract and retain young people in the Highlands, with the dual goal of helping create high-value jobs while ensuring that businesses have the necessary access to skilled people to help innovate and improve their competitiveness.
Northern Innovation Hub
The Highland Academy will be offering the Professional Software Development (level 8) course, an internationally recognised qualification. It will be managed by the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) as part of the Northern Innovation Hub on behalf of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal Partnership.
The hub was awarded £11 million by the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, along with £3 million from the European Regional Development Fund and £2 million from HIE.
Coding Skills in High Demand
Senior project manager at HIE, Felix Spittal said: “Coding skills are increasingly in demand and employers are struggling to recruit suitably qualified people so it’s fantastic to have a provider with the experience of CodeClan deliver such an important project in the Highlands. Their track record in the central belt is remarkable, so we’re really looking forward to seeing them make a similar impact in the Highlands.”
Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO at CodeClan added: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the delivery organisation for this HIE initiative. CodeClan has seen success in central Scotland and it is time to engage with other parts of Scotland.
“Inverness will be our next location and we are proud to be part of the initiative. We are also launching our new Partner Programme to better service the needs of the tech industry, helping address the digital skills gap across Scotland.
“We will bring a highly successful delivery model to the Highlands, which will be given a local twist to ensure the course meets the requirements of businesses in the area. We hope to develop strong relationships with local businesses, collaborating with them in the development of the course as well as helping them to build relationships with students to aid recruitment.”