Cathcart Associates launches £5000 scholarship for programmers

L-R Gordon Kaye and Sam Wason

Cathcart Associates launches £5000 scholarship for programmers

Independent IT recruitment firm, Cathcart Associates, has announced the launch of a new scholarship scheme with CodeClan. The scheme will be targeted towards applicants from low-income households who otherwise wouldn’t be able to pay the tuition fee for CodeClan’s professional software development course.

Applications for CodeClan’s courses have grown significantly since the establishment of the coding academy in 2015 with over 350 people graduating from its courses. Based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the 16-week Professional Software Development course enables students to learn the skills needed to retrain to become a junior software developer in just four months. 90% of CodeClan graduates gain employment in Scotland’s rapidly growing tech sector within five months.

By offering the scholarship, Cathcart Associates want to encourage those who are passionate about coding and eager to retrain for a career in software development but have been held back because of the financial barrier to pay for the course.

Gordon Kaye, managing director of Cathcart Associates said: “As an IT recruitment firm we fully understand the digital skills landscape in Scotland and we want to help support the next generation of programmers to learn the skills necessary to begin a career in digital technology.

“CodeClan is doing a brilliant job to retrain and supply the future workforce with essential digital skills and that’s why we wanted to offer this scholarship to a candidate who otherwise couldn’t afford the course. With more and more businesses looking for digital skills, we know how important it is for people to have the ability to retrain without the financial burden.”

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. The digital skills academy is also aiming to increase the number of women graduating their courses to 40% by 2020.

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO of CodeClan said: “Anybody who decides to change career with CodeClan is passionate about their future and Cathcart Associates decision to help ease the financial barrier is one I applaud.”

Scotland’s digital technology industry is forecast to grow twice as fast as Scotland’s overall economy by 2024. 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.

Applications for the £5000 scholarship will be open from 14th March 2018.