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Melinda’s Memo, October 2019

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September has come and gone and the awards dinner season is well and truly underway. This year we were delighted to be nominated by Scottish Widows for Financial Technology Partner at the Scottish Fintech Awards for all the work we have done with their teams.

We didn’t pick up the prize but a huge well done to CodeClan partners The University of Edinburgh who won in our category, and to the other six CodeClan partners who also picked up awards.

We were also proud to sponsor the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Business annual address VIP drinks reception. I spoke to guests on the importance of collaboration of CodeClan, business and government, forming a triangle of support that will work towards addressing the digital skills gap.

We were thrilled when John Swinney said “CodeClan is the perfect example of this….”

Our Data Analysis course is going from strength to strength and our first ever cohort had their Speed Networking event last week. It’s amazing how time flies. They will graduate on Friday Oct 3rd and be available for hire. Our second cohort starts on Oct 21st.

Our first Full-Stack Web Development cohort in Inverness is already on week five, their Ruby projects; then it’s JavaScript next week!

We were also delighted to announce our first eight Highland partners in September: Tuminds, Yellow Cherry Digital, Lugo IT, Quarch Technology, Scottish Natural Heritage, University of the Highland and Islands, Teclan, Capgemini and Football Pools. Welcome aboard!

Two weeks ago we had a visit from Finance Secretary, Derek MacKay and we had a conversation about how CodeClan could be one of the organisations at the forefront of digital skills for Scotland’s financial growth and innovation. He was very impressed with the work CodeClan does and results, such as seven cohorts 100% placed.

And finally… CodeClan is turning four! During the next few weeks we’ll be hosting a couple of modest celebrations as well as plenty of other opportunities for you to engage with us, our students and our graduates. As one of our partners, you’ve been a key contributor to our success over the past four years. So as well as celebrating, we’ll be keeping our focus on training and placing students and helping to grow your team.

Happy birthday CodeClan!

– Melinda

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