CodeClan addressing digital skills demand with 150th graduate placed in industry role

Codeclan graduateCodeClan, the UK’s only accredited digital skills academy, says it is leading the way in addressing the demand for digital talent nationally after successfully placing its 150th graduate in a technology job.

Award winning and industry led, CodeClan’s mission is to generate a steady flow of talent that will allow Scotland’s digital sector to flourish.

Taking CodeClan to its landmark placement is Euan Ramsay, from Glasgow, who has been recruited by Registers of Scotland (RoS) as a junior software developer. He recently completed CodeClan’s 16-week software development course, which also saw him achieve a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Level 8 pass in Software Development.

Ramsay, 37, who previously worked in a freelance photography and video production, studied object oriented programming approaches and test driven development principles. “I have got exactly the job I was looking for. I’ll be working with RoS to maintain their computer systems,” he said.

“From CodeClan’s networking events, to guest lectures and visits to tech companies, the connection with industry has been fantastic. After the course finished, a CodeClan representative was constantly in touch to ensure we were aware of jobs that were coming up. Around half my class had a job within four weeks of completion.”

Ramsay is the fifth CodeClan graduate to have gained work with RoS, the organisation responsible
for compiling and maintaining 18 public registers relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland.

The Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, Sheenagh Adams, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Euan to RoS. The digital skills and experience he has gained during his time with Code Clan will be invaluable as we work towards our goal of becoming a fully digital business by 2020. We are proud to support and nurture our staff, and it’s a pleasure to be welcoming Euan to his first position following his graduation.”

Digital skills a ‘key element’

CodeClan is a key element in the Government’s ‘Digital Strategy for Scotland’, which aims to create the conditions in which the country’s 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.

Currently, more than 96% of CodeClan graduates land their first job in Scotland’s tech sector within six months and over 70% secure a job within three months of finishing the intensive course.

Adam Bannon acting chief executive of CodeClan

Adam Bannon.

Adam Bannon, acting chief executive of CodeClan said: “Our courses in Edinburgh and Glasgow exist to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully begin careers in the technology industry. We work with employers to ensure everything that is taught is relevant and fits in with what they are looking for in new starts.

“The fact Euan is the fifth graduate to be placed with Registers of Scotland shows how highly the courses are regarded in the industry and the benefits that each student is bringing to their respective employer.”

Bannon has taken on the role after former chief executive Harvey Wheaton stepped down earlier this year.