Scotland’s national digital skills academy is partnering with a recruitment firm to help its students find work in the tech sector following their graduation.

CodeClan, which delivers intensive 16-week software development and 14-week data courses, will work with Eden Scott on matching tech talent with employment opportunities.

The academy, which specialises in helping career professionals re-train for the tech sector, hopes the move will add to efforts to tackle the tech skills gap in the Scottish economy.

As part of the deal, graduates and alumni will gain access to support and expert advice from 40 recruitment staff based in Eden Scott’s offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

CodeClan has helped up-skill and re-skill 2,000 graduates from 120 immersive cohorts in its Edinburgh and Glasgow campuses, plus remote, since launching in 2015.

It has also been increasing its provision of bespoke courses for organisations across the corporate and public sectors, while offering additional courses including in low-code and no-code, one of the fastest-growing areas in software development.

Loral Quinn, CodeClan’s CEO, said: “The partnership with Eden Scott will widen the reach of employment opportunities for our students, while we can lean on the firm’s understanding and relationship-driven approach across industry.”  

Michelle Lownie, CEO, Eden Scott said: “Eden Scott is proud to work with CodeClan to help organisations find the best tech talent they need to grow. We know how important the right people are to a business, and with so many of Scotland’s start-ups now scaling, the demand is only growing. We also work with many public sector organisations, like the NHS, who also need access to tech talent to keep delivering vital services.”  

She added: “Overall, supporting well-trained CodeClan graduates is a perfect fit for us, and we look forward to a long-term partnership that will help Scotland’s economy stay competitive globally.” 

CodeClan works with over 300 industry partners, including hiring partners like Skyscanner, FanDuel, Baillie Gifford, DC Thomson, BlackRock, Tesco Bank, and Sainsbury’s Bank. Last year, the digital skills academy launched CodeClan Youth Academy with the support of Baillie Gifford, an eight-week programme for young people aged 17 and over, designed to provide the kind of programming skills required in an industry environment.