The Digital Start Fund is a grant scheme designed to support individuals across Scotland to improve their technical skills and enter the digital workforce.
This announcement means CodeClan is now one of only two organisations in the country to offer the new Digital Start Fund, which will offer people who are unemployed or on low incomes grants ranging between £1,000 to £8,000. The funding will help cover the costs of training in software development, while additional funding may be available to cover travel and childcare.
Companies can also use the Digital Development Loan to pay for employees to access CodeClan’s training courses. The Scottish Government-backed, interest-free loan is available to SMEs in Scotland and can provide funding of up to £50,000 to boost their digital capabilities in areas such as cybersecurity or data analytics.
These include the Professional Software Development (PSD) course, as well as the new Full-Stack Web Development course, which was created specifically for the Highlands region.
CodeClan’s first Highland cohort will begin in September this year. Since the Highland campus opened in April, CodeClan has been running a series of taster sessions to pull in potential students and businesses. The 12-week programme has been tailored specifically to the needs of the Highlands’ emerging digital sector.
To date, the skills academy has produced more than 700 graduates, many of whom are now working within technical roles across Scotland’s digital technology sector.
Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO of CodeClan, said: “Since it was founded in 2015, CodeClan’s mission has been to encourage and support new technically-inspired individuals and now, with the additional support from Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government, we can reach more individuals that are passionate about technology but for whom the cost of training was out of reach. We are looking forward to offering this grant to eligible students across Scotland.”