New source of tech talent as CodeClan’s Glasgow course takes off

February 7,2017
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CodeClan, the UK’s first accredited digital skills academy, is offering employers access to a fresh source of digital talent in the west as its Glasgow courses get off to a flying start.

The academy has seen a great take-up for its first 16-week software development course and applications are flooding in from those keen to secure their place on cohorts two and three, which are due to begin later this year.

Since announcing its expansion plans, CodeClan has seen strong industry support from a number of Glasgow-based employers eager to recruit entry-level software developers through CodeClan’s immersive and well-proven 16-week course.

Over 90 businesses across the country make up CodeClan’s employer community, including small companies such as Adimo and FarmFlo, and major international firms like Iomart. CodeClan will be expanding this network significantly by the end of the year as student numbers continue to grow.

CodeClan provides its employer community with privileged access to students throughout their training to allow them to meet, select and hire the most appropriate person for their individual team as they complete the course.

Harvey Wheaton, CodeClan’s CEO, said: “What a way to kick off the New Year! We are absolutely delighted by the response we have had from a wide range of employers in Glasgow.

“But there is still work to be done. It’s important that we continue to expand our ties with employers across the country in order to create a vibrant, sustainable digital community and we urge businesses who have not yet joined our network to come and see us.”

A recent survey conducted by EKOS revealed that CodeClan has become the number one source of new talent amongst its employer partners.

Frances Sneddon, CTO at SIMUL8 Corporation and a recent hiring partner, said: “CodeClan is the perfect environment for training developers. It's constantly challenging students and this really helps to prepare them for a role as a developer in Scotland's tech industry. We hired a graduate from CodeClan’s first cohort and were blown away by how much he could take on from the second he arrived.”

Brian Ferrie, CEO of Edge Testing Solutions, added: “A benefit we get from CodeClan graduates is that they have work experience. This is vital in our industry when a lot of the work relies on not just technical ability but also interpersonal skills, so those coming to us with work experience is a great asset to the company.”

CodeClan has seen a very high quality of applications for its 16-week course in Glasgow, with students coming from a wide variety of career backgrounds, including environmental biology, oil and gas, and publishing.

Wheaton continues: “Given that we only announced our expansion late last year, we are delighted at the response from prospective students eager to embark on a new career in software development.

“We are seeing a continued demand for our course with applications rolling in for cohorts two and three. This is extremely encouraging as it really reinforces the message that it’s never too late to embark on a career in tech.”

CodeClan offered two scholarship positions for its first Glasgow-based cohort and will be looking to offer further funding support to applicants for future courses in a bid to encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.

Working closely with its industry partners and curriculum advisory board, CodeClan’s course is constantly evolving to keep abreast of technology trends and aims to ensure that students enter the workplace with the relevant skills needed to embark on a role as a junior developer.

Industry-led and Government backed, CodeClan aims to offer a solution to the current digital skills crisis in Scotland by producing a continuous stream of work ready junior developers following each 16-week course. It represents a new education model that offers intensive, immersive learning and is ideal for those keen to embark on a role in Scotland’s buoyant digital sector.

Since its launch in 2015, CodeClan has trained over 200 students in the craft of software development and has seen 90% go on to secure roles within 6-months of graduating in Scotland’s vibrant digital sector with companies such as Adobe and Edge-Testing.


CodeClan is now based here in Tontine.

To find out more about CodeClan’s coding course in Glasgow or Edinburgh, visit: https://codeclan.com/courses/16-week-course/ 

If you are an employer and would be interested in finding out the benefits of joining CodeClan’s employer network, visit: https://codeclan.com/employers/pledge/