Edinburgh-based digital skills academy CodeClan celebrates first anniversary

Published: 09 January 2017

Edinburgh-based digital skills academy CodeClan celebrated its first anniversary last month, We spoke to chief executive Harvey Wheaton…

What is CodeClan and why is it important?

CodeClan is the UK’s first accredited digital skills academy. We are based in Codebase, at the heart of Edinburgh’s tech scene, and we produce a steady stream of work ready junior developers after each 16-week intensive and immersive coding course. 

We’re extremely proud of the success we’ve achieved over the past 12-months...We have also received official accreditation from the Scottish Qualifications Authority, making us the only digital skills academy in the UK to offer a Professional Development Award (PDA) in software development.

Harvey Wheaton, chief executive, CodeClan

 

Our goal is to ensure that Scotland remains at the forefront of the digital technologies industry in the UK and to do this, we need to fill the digital skills gap. The Skills Investment Plan has predicted an estimated 11,000 are jobs available in Scotland’s digital technologies sector each year and this figure is set to rise by 2,000 every year.  With demand outstripping supply, CodeClan offers a solution to the digital skills gap in Scotland by producing a continuous wave of junior developers who are passionate and ready to take on a job in the industry. 

As well as training students, we work directly with industry to help fill jobs for them. We have over 80 employer partners who have pledged support for the academy since our launch last year. We work closely with these partners to ensure CodeClan’s curriculum is constantly adapting to meet the needs of the industry. In doing this we can make sure that our students graduate with the relevant skills and experience necessary to begin a job as an entry level developer with some of Scotland’s brightest tech firms. 

What have you achieved in your first year?

As well as training students, CodeClan work directly with industry to help fill jobs for them.

We’re extremely proud of the success we’ve achieved over the past 12-months. On top of having 80 employer partners, we have seen over 150 students embark on our innovative coding course. Ninety per cent of our students secure roles in the sector within six months of completing the course and 50% of our students are in work within six weeks. At the moment, we have three cohorts underway, meaning that we currently have over 60 students studying at CodeClan – which is very exciting. 

We have also received official accreditation from the Scottish Qualifications Authority, making us the only digital skills academy in the UK to offer a Professional Development Award (PDA) in software development. More recently we have introduced a suite of shorter, part-time courses for those looking to learn software development from scratch or to brush up on existing tech skills. 

What kind of jobs are your graduates training for / securing?

We train our students to enter the workplace as junior developers but we have seen graduates secure a variety of interesting roles, such as technical consultants, product managers and software testers.

Our students have gained employment in a wide range of different companies, from innovative start-ups to major industry heavyweights and public sector organisations. 

What exciting plans do you have for 2017? 

CodeClan is the UK’s first accredited digital skills academy, based in Codebase, at the heart of Edinburgh’s tech scene.

We have very recently announced the launch of our 16-week programming course in Glasgow. Applications for this are currently open and the course will kick off on January 9th 2017 at The Tontine, Glasgow’s new high-tech acceleration and growth space for young aspiring businesses. We are very much looking forward to making our course more accessible to those in the West. 

In the New Year, we will also be focusing on filling our cohorts in Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as forging ahead with an expanding portfolio of part-time courses. 

We are excited by what’s to come as we find what we do incredibly rewarding. Seeing people begin our course with so little knowledge of coding and then seeing them 16-weeks later embark on an exciting career in the industry is very inspiring, so we are looking forward to changing even more lives in 2017.

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.

E: invest@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

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