Scotland’s national digital skills academy, CodeClan, is celebrating four years of helping to bridge the country’s digital skills academy.
Over the past four years, more than 800 people have graduated from CodeClan’s programmes – the majority of which have gone on to secure technical roles with 250 of its employer partners, including large corporates, financial institutions, government departments and startups.
CodeClan CEO, Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, commented: “How successfully we advance digital skills will be key to how Scotland competes and prospers in the 21st century. Our links to Scottish industry through our employer network – commercial and public sector organisations who hire our talented graduates – are crucial not only to our own success but, more importantly, to the future success of Scotland’s economy.
“Commentators agree that we don’t know what more than 50% of our jobs will look like in the future, such is the pace of technological change. This means we need to be ready to adapt to tech trends in areas like data science and machine learning.
“Soft skills are also essential, regardless of how technical a role. The pace of change in organisations today demands skills and attributes like communication, ability to learn, flexibility and a growth mindset. We put considerable effort into instilling these in our students from day one. Change can be challenging, so a focus on wellness is crucial. Wellness is something that CodeClan prioritises and we hope that our graduates will benefit from this for the rest of their careers.”
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Founded in 2015, with support from the Scottish Government and its enterprise agencies, CodeClan has progressed to a self-funding model while retaining its not-for-profit status. In addition to its original Edinburgh site, the non-profit has added two more campuses in Glasgow and Inverness.
Scotland’s Minister for Public Finance and the Digital Economy, Kate Forbes, MSP, said: “As Scotland’s digital economy has grown, so too has the demand for digital skills. CodeClan has helped people reskill, retrain and future-proof their careers and its success is a great achievement. CodeClan has gone from strength to strength and with investment and backing from the Scottish Government, I am delighted that they have grown to being a self-funding model.”
In 2019, CodeClan entered a strategic partnership with technology recruitment specialist Eden Scott to support a career pipeline for its graduates after 18 months in a job.
This year has also seen CodeClan’s Client Xperience program expand significantly. The program offers students the opportunity to work on projects with real third-sector clients and benefits charities, students and instructors.
Matthews Clarkson said: “It’s testament to the whole team, our graduates and our employer partners that we look ahead with even greater optimism on the occasion of our 4th anniversary. Our people, our graduates and our employer partners combine to form a virtuous circle that makes CodeClan work and we’re excited to be delivering real impact on the Scottish digital scene.”