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Cathcart Associates Launch £5,000 CodeClan Scholarship

Brian Baglow


Cathcart Associate CodeClan Scholarship

The scholarship will target applicants from low-income households to pay the tuition fee for the skills academy’s 16-week professional software development course.

IT recruitment company Cathcart Associates is launching a new scholarship with CodeClan, the UK’s only fully accredited digital skills academy,

The scholarship will allow an applicant who would not otherwise be able to afford the tuition fees for CodeClan’s 16-week professional software development course, to retrain as a programmer.

By offering the scholarship, Cathcart Associates hopes to encourage those who are passionate about coding and eager for a career in software development, but who have been held back by financial barriers.

Applications for the £5000 scholarship will be open from 14th March 2018, closing on Thursday 12th April. Interviews will to take place the week commencing the 30th April. Applications can be made via CodeClan’s website.

Digital Skills Wanted

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 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, their 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.

Sam Wason & Gordon Kaye, CathcartGordon 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.”

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.”

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.

You can apply for the scholarship here.

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