New Funding Opens Up Careers In Coding

Digital Start Fund and Digital Development Loan funding for Scotland

We are delighted to announce that people and businesses across Scotland will be able to access our award-winning development courses, through new funding options, including the Digital Start Fund and the Digital Development Loan.

Announced on May 30, 2019 by Kate Forbes MSP, Scotland’s Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy and managed by Skills Development Scotland, CodeClan is one of only four organisations in Scotland to offer the new Digital Start Fund, which offers unemployed people and those on low incomes, grants between £1,000 and £8,000 to cover training in software development and cyber security. Additional funding for travel and childcare may also be available if required.

Companies across Scotland can also now use the Digital Development Loan, to pay for employees to access CodeClan’s award-winning Professional Software Development (PSD), and the new Full-Stack Web Development course, created specifically for the Highlands region, or the organisation’s growing range of short and bespoke training programmes.

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, the CEO of CodeClan, said: “Since it was founded in 2015, CodeClan’s mission is to encourage and support new technically inspired individuals and now with the additional support from Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government, we can reach out to more individuals that are passionate about technology but for whom the cost of training was out of reach. We are looking forward to offering this grant to as many students that are eligible across Scotland.”

According to research by industry body ScotlandIS, Scotland has 12,800 digital vacancies per year. Digital industries offer well-paid careers with long-term security. But gaining those skills through traditional routes, can be time-consuming and costly. CodeClan offers students and employees a completely new way to rapidly learn a whole new set of languages and work-skills and help them to find employment within Scotland’s rapidly evolving digital economy.

To find out more about the courses offered by CodeClan and for information on the application process, visit the Courses page of our website.

You can find out more about the Digital Start Fund on the Skills Development Scotland Digital World website.

More Information about the Digital Development Loan can also be found online.


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