CodeClan’s official launch day a great success!
Yesterday was our official launch day at the CodeClan campus and we’d like to thank our students, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney and our fabulous supporters who helped us celebrate the opening of our Digital Skills Academy. The event certainly created a buzz on campus with our first class of students entering their second week of coding lessons.
The day kicked off with a great speech from our very own CEO Harvey Wheaton who said:
“We are at the start of an exciting journey and we are under no illusions about how tough the challenge is that we face. But everyone on the team here today – instructors, academy and students – are fully committed to delivering on our pledge. To create and feed the talent pool that will help grow Scotland’s digital sector and drive the economy.”
Followed by John F McClelland CBE, Chair of Skills Development Scotland:
“The launch of CodeClan is an exciting one for Scotland’s vibrant digital sector and for the very first group of students to begin their training. Through the academy, they will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and learn the skills required to work in a growing digital sector.”
And Deputy First Minister John Swinney:
“The digital and ICT sector is very important to Scotland. It contributes over £4 billion GVA to the economy. Estimates show there are over 84,000 people working in digital or IT jobs across the economy as a whole and this number is rising fast. Scotland needs an estimated 11,000 new digital / ICT workers each year to meet current and future demand in the sector and we need to take urgent action to close this gap.”
“We know this challenge will not disappear overnight, but CodeClan is a strong step in the right direction. By providing a pool of job-ready talent, CodeClan will not only help businesses to achieve their full potential, but also help Scotland build its reputation as a global player in the digital economy.”
A big thanks to everyone who attended and to our cohort 1 students for showing John some of the great work that’s already underway.