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Highlands here we come!

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At CodeClan, we’ve been busy bridging the digital skills gap along the Forth and the Clyde. Our CEO Melinda Matthews-Clarkson explains why the Ness is next!

When CodeClan was founded back in 2015, our mission was simple: help to close Scotland’s digital skills gap.

We started training our first cohort of students in Edinburgh and we were complemented by an industry that was already attempting to address the gap from traditional sources of talent like universities and colleges.

As Scotland’s first (and only) accredited digital skills academy, CodeClan brought something new to the table, transforming careers and lives through our immersive, industry-focused training.

But we always knew that we weren’t just founded to close the skills gap in the Capital. We were founded to grow business across Scotland.

That’s why in January 2017, we ran our first cohort in Glasgow, and this January we’ll be starting our 11th Glasgow cohort.

Next up, Inverness!

From April 2019, our first Highland Cohort of 15 students will get the opportunity to learn full-stack web development in a course developed for the Highlands.

Working together with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, City-Region Deal and Northern Innovation Hub, CodeClan Highlands is a new initiative that will provide industry-led training for a new generation of web developers.

We’re rolling out a new 12-week programme that’s been tailored to the needs of the Highlands’ emerging digital sector. Our focus is on full-stack web development skills. Students on our new course will go through programming fundamentals – including test-driven development (TDD), object-oriented programming (OOP) and databases (SQL) – before taking the plunge into JavaScript and web frameworks.

Added to this, our holistic approach will help our students become the confident, tech-savvy and job-ready professionals the tech sector needs.

At CodeClan we believe in learning by making things, and our Highlands Academy will continue to carry this belief, with students completing projects that they’ll use to showcase their new coding skills to employers.

Together with our regional partners, we aim to attract and retain skilled people in the Highlands, help create high-value jobs and ensure businesses have access to skilled people to help innovate and improve their competitiveness.

It’s an incredibly exciting time for us and we’re absolutely ready for this next adventure.

Have a look at our CodeClan Highlands page to find out more and register your interest.


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