Can you tell us a little about CodeClan and your role there?
There’s an estimated 11,000 jobs up for grabs in Scotland’s growing tech industry each year and not enough people with the skills to fill these roles. CodeClan is Scotland’s first, accredited, digital skills academy established in September 2015 with funding from the Scottish Government and support from Skills Development Scotland, SQA and ScotlandIS. We’re here to help train up a new generation of digital talent to help fix this shortage. We’ve hired some fantastic instructors with a background in software development to run our immersive 16-week and shorter web and software development courses. Plus we’ve teamed up with over 70 employers across Scotland to help shape our curriculum and hire our graduates. I look after the marketing of CodeClan- which I absolutely love. It’s rewarding to promote something that makes such a positive contribution to people’s lives and careers.
What makes an ideal CodeClan student?
Someone who is creative, has a passion for digital, and the tenacity to learn a new skill! We like to think that CodeClan is a pretty inclusive place and we see all sorts of people entering the classroom, from novice coders looking to make a career change into digital to upskillers or business owners wanting to get to grips with the fundamentals of programming and web development.
Can you explain what to expect from a CodeClan course?
Why is it important to support the Creative Edinburgh Awards and the city’s creative network?
CodeClan and Creative Edinburgh share similar values around community and collaboration. Networks like Creative Edinburgh open up opportunities for freelancers and small business owners to flourish, share stories and deepen their creative skill sets through interaction with other like-minded and talented people. There’s a lot of similarity between CodeClan and Creative Edinburgh in supporting people to achieve their potential.
What does next year look like for CodeClan?
Opening in Glasgow. Searching for opportunities to teach up North. New courses. Expanding our horizons. And then celebrating having put close to 300 graduates into jobs over two years!
If CodeClan could be nominated for any award, real or imaginary, what would it be and why?
The “Life is Short, do Something that Matters to You” award. This pretty much sums up the attitude at CodeClan. It can be pretty daunting making a career change or learning something new in such a short space of time, however it is possible if you put your mind to it and we’ve seen plenty of people throw themselves into our courses and come out the other side with a whole new lease of life.