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Scottish Tech Army Pairs with GCU to Launch New Scholarship Programme

Ross Kelly

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Scottish Tech Army

The gap between the world of education and training and the world of work has widened – the new scholarships could help bridge that gap, says Alistair Forbes.

The Scottish Tech Army has announced a partnership with one of Scotland’s top universities to support the nation’s flourishing tech sector.

Working in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University and with support from the Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Tech Army is to provide 30 scholarships aimed at boosting career opportunities.

The funded Software Development Flexible Learning Opportunity is set to start on January 19th and is designed to build depth of knowledge in programming, network and cloud computing, software engineering, maths for computing and database development.

In all, the scholarships will cover the tuition fees of up to six modules in IT Software Development.

Once all modules are completed, students will be awarded a 120 credit Certificate of Higher Education in Computing from GCU, which is equivalent to completion of the first year of a BSc Software Development for Business programme at GCU.

Fiona Stewart-Knight, Assistant Vice Principal Business Partnerships at Glasgow Caledonian University said: “We are delighted to announce that GCU has developed a strategic partnership with Scottish Tech Army.

“We want to mobilise talent and bridge qualifications and skills gaps at a time when there is a more challenging employment landscape and a struggling economy that has been materially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Stewart-Knight added: “This pioneering project will enable successful candidates to substantially advance their software development knowledge, practice and qualifications through online study with GCU at first-year degree level while also benefitting from industrial mentor support and tech challenge integration from the Scottish Tech Army.”

The programme has been developed specifically to benefit graduates, staff and tutors who do not currently have a computing degree/qualifications, those working in software development but without formal qualifications, or teachers in primary or secondary education seeking to improve their contemporary knowledge of computing science.

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Alistair Forbes, Founding Director and CEO of the Scottish Tech Army, commented: “We believe that this initiative is an excellent example of the innovative partnership working that has been a really positive development as organisations across Scotland respond to the challenges that were caused by the pandemic.

“We have seen at first hand the challenges that many people in the tech sector in Scotland, particularly those in the early stages of their careers, have been facing as a result of the economic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The gap between the world of education and training and the world of work has definitely widened and it is a core part of our mission to help bridge that gap. That is why we were delighted to have the opportunity to work with GCU on this programme and to promote it to the volunteers within the Scottish Tech Army and beyond.”

GCU and the Scottish Tech Army are running information sessions for those interested in applying for the scholarships.

Ross Kelly

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