Celebrating our 500th graduate and push for diversity

CodeClan's CEO and graduate Iona in CodeClan Edinburgh

As we reach a milestone, The Herald looks at the need for more women in digital technology.

It’s a busy month for us as we celebrate the 500th graduate from our Professional Software Development course, Iona Macbeth, and prepare for National Coding Week.

Leaving behind a job in Communications for our 16-week course, Iona graduated from Edinburgh’s Cohort E22 last Friday and is has now started her first job in Scotland’s digital technology industry.

The Herald newspaper was keen to shout about the news in an article published and teased on the front page:

“I found myself using more and more digital tools for work and started getting curious about learning to code,” explains Iona in the feature. “I was working with some technology clients on events to promote women getting into tech. At some point I just thought, ‘why don’t I do it myself?’”

You can read the full piece on The Herald website, along with an editorial recognising our efforts in attracting applications from underrepresented groups in the sector, especially women.

A new career at E Fundamentals

Iona has already started work at E Fundamentals, the ecommerce analytics company, along with fellow E22 graduate Gary Muir. Jordan Dick, the company’s head of development, told us:

“We hired two graduates from cohort E22 and I was really impressed with their interest in technology and with the speed which they learned new skills. They both hit the ground running and deployed code to production within their first two weeks at E Fundamentals. 

“They’ve fitted right into our DevOps team and are already sharing what they know with our other apprentice developers. We’re really proud to have helped CodeClan reach their 500 graduate milestone, it’s a really valuable service benefiting both the employer and the employees. I look forward to working with them again the future.”

Thanks Jordan. And congratulations to Iona and Gary

Find out more about CodeClan

Considering finding out more about changing career into digital technology? There’s an event for you during National Coding Week (17-22 September) including a Code & Coffee Morning in Edinburgh on Friday 22nd.

Keen to hire diverse talent into your workplace? Email our Talent Manager, Lorraine Rew, today.


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