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CodeClan Glasgow Grows

Brian Baglow

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CodeClan Glasgow

The digital skills academy is growing in Glasgow, relocating to larger premises, increasing staff numbers and looking for more employer partners.

CodeClan, the UK’s first fully accredited digital skills academy, is growing its presence in Glasgow.

The academy is relocating its Glasgow operation from the city’s Tontine building to the flexible office and co-working space Clockwise in March in order to accommodate an increasing number of students and a growing team.

The number of students at CodeClan’s new Glasgow HQ is doubling, with two cohorts running side-by-side until the end of year bringing the number of graduates to 120 in 2018. At the same time, CodeClan will grow its Glasgow team to support the additional student numbers.

The students are studying a 16 week professional software development programme in which 70% of graduates secure employment in just four weeks. Positions are spread across Scotland’s commercial and public sectors in roles as diverse as Software Developers, UX Analysts and Testers.

Employer Partners Wanted

Instrumental in CodeClan’s success to date has been its growing network of Employer Partners, a high percentage of whom have hired or plan to hire CodeClan graduates. In Glasgow alone, the employer partner count has almost doubled in the last six months and includes Fintech customer data startup Castlight, recruitment software solution Firefish, and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

CodeClan CEO, Melinda Matthews Clarkson, said: “Glasgow’s tech scene has been on a well charted upward trajectory in recent times. The city will be home to Scotland’s first innovation district, has a number of powerhouse universities and has thriving commercial and public sectors.

“We’re excited to be playing a part in providing the digital skills that we know can be a game-changer to the success of the region’s economy. With 20 students graduating every six weeks, we’re asking any Glasgow companies hiring into digital roles to get in touch and see how we can help.”

Access To Skills

Fintech start-up Castlight has hired three CodeClan graduates to date. CEO, Phil Grady, told DIGIT: “Finding the best staff is always a challenge, particularly at a time when there’s a digital skills shortage in Scotland. Having CodeClan in Glasgow has been great for us as we can now access extremely talented, motivated people, in our backyard – we get to know them before they graduate and have a chance to help shape what they’re learning.”

CodeClan is now proactively addressing the issue of gender diversity within Scotland’s technology sector, where only 18% of the workforce are female. In January 2o18, CodeClan launched a Digital Women’s Group to help drive a women in tech initiative. The academy also plans to introduce scholarships for women wishing to study. While only one in four graduates placed in tech roles to date have been female, CodeClan is aiming for 40% of its graduates to be female by 2020.

CodeClan was launched in October 2015  and is supported by the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland and ScotlandIS as part of the Government’s Digital Strategy for Scotland.  Almost 350 people have graduated from its Professional Software Development course, with over 90% going on to secure employment within six months and an additional 320 people are expected to graduate in 2018.

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