John Swinney, Scotland’s deputy first minister, has recognised digital skills academy CodeClan for its work supplying new talent to support the country’s tech sector.
As CodeClan approaches its second anniversary, it is celebrating a total of 200 of its graduates securing technology related jobs on completion of their courses. To meet growing demand, the academy has unveiled plans to double its course numbers in Glasgow in the year ahead.
John Swinney said: “Digital skills are playing an increasingly important role in almost all business sectors. Being able to provide a technologically savvy workforce will be crucial for Scotland in the years ahead and CodeClan is playing an influential role in helping us to achieve this.
“The number of organisations returning to recruit skilled employees highlights the success of CodeClan and I welcome its plans for expansion. There is a well-publicised skills gap in the global tech sector and initiatives such as this are key to helping Scotland build the skills capacity to meet that demand.”
CodeClan is a key element in the Government’s ‘Digital Strategy for Scotland’, which aims to create the conditions in which our digital technologies industries can thrive. It is working with industry to meet a shared objective of employing 150,000 in digital technology roles over the next five years.
70% of all CodeClan graduates secure technology related jobs within three months of completing their course, and this rises to 90% within four months.
CodeClan plans to double its intake in Glasgow in 2018 from three cohorts to six, with a further nine starting in Edinburgh; this will produce 200 job ready individuals in Edinburgh and 120 in Glasgow during 2018.
Chair of Skills Development Scotland, John F McClelland CBE, said: “CodeClan’s success shows how SDS and partners can work with industry to react quickly to meet the skills needs of employers. Its success has been in equipping people with the digital skills they need and that businesses want in a crucial area of Scotland’s economy.”
Polly Purvis, chair of CodeClan, said: “CodeClan has come a long way in two years and continues to change to meet the needs of the industry. We work closely with employers to make sure we are producing people with skills relevant to their needs. With an increase in courses planned for 2018, we will be providing more opportunities than ever before for people considering a career in tech to get involved and develop the skills the industry badly needs.”