CodeClan celebrates first anniversary with Glasgow expansion

CodeClan celebrates first anniversary with Glasgow expansion

CodeClan, Scotland’s first accredited digital skills academy, celebrates its first birthday this week by announcing it will launch its software development course in Glasgow in the new year.

The 16-week course will be delivered in The Tontine, Glasgow’s new acceleration and growth space for young aspiring businesses.

Over 150 students have embarked on CodeClan’s innovative course during the last 12 months, with 90% going on to secure roles within 6-months of completing the course in Scotland’s vibrant digital sector.

Many have gone on to work with some of Scotland’s fastest growing tech start-ups including MakeitSocial, GeckoLabs and Intelligentpos, as well as major international companies such as Adobe and Deloitte Digital.

In the past year, CodeClan has moved into its permanent premises within Edinburgh’s thriving CodeBase and worked with the SQA to become the first digital skills academy in the UK to offer students a Professional Development Award (PDA) in software development.

Building on its 16-week software development course, CodeClan has also launched a series of shorter, part-time courses aimed at those keen to expand on their technical knowledge or brush up on existing skills.

CEO Harvey Wheaton said: "We’re extremely proud of the progress we’ve made in our first year. We have built a team of incredibly talented instructors and created strong ties with the digital industry in Scotland. We have had great support from companies who see us as playing a critical role in helping create a sustainable future for Scotland’s digital economy.

"With all cohorts to the end of the year full, we are already getting repeat hires from several companies in Scotland. The fact that our cohorts are oversubscribed and students are referring friends and former colleagues is clear evidence that this style of academy is not only needed but is a practical and realistic route for anybody looking to work in the digital sector."

CodeClan Chair and ScotlandIS CEO, Polly Purvis, said: "It is wonderful to see CodeClan’s alumni securing such a variety of work so quickly after completing the course. We’ve seen people with a background in retail, journalism and even law come through our doors looking for a career change, and it is incredibly rewarding to help them achieve that. We have proved that the skills academy model works and we are delighted to be announcing our first cohort in Glasgow in the New Year."

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, said: "More than 82,000 people in Scotland work in digital and ICT occupations. That number is going to rise, with businesses across the economy looking for more women and men with the necessary digital skills and qualifications. That is why the work of CodeClan in providing new, job-ready talent is so important."