CodeClan aimed at solving chronic problem

Big-hitters hired for software skills academy

Polly Purvis
Polly Purvis: solving a problem

Scotland’s software lobby group has hired two senior figures to head up a  new academy aimed at solving a chronic skills shortage.

CodeClan will offer short courses to anyone looking for a change of career.

It is the brainchild of ScotlandIS and Skills Development Scotland and it will take its first students next month.

The academy is based on the success of a new breed of intensive coding schools such as Makers, launched in London in 2013, Stackademy in Berlin and Flatiron School in New York.

Two big-hitters have been hired: Michael Pavling from London, who will be head of curriculum, and Harvey Wheaton, who has been working in Finland and is appointed chief executive.

It is hoped that 100 students will go through the academy in its first year and will be ready for jobs in a sector desperate to fill vacancies.

Topics taught will include data structures, algorithms, databases, object oriented design and programming, development methodologies, UX [user experience] and more ‘soft’ skills like communication

However, applicants for the courses do not need to have a technical background.

ScotlandIS chief executive Polly Purvis (pictured), said: “People who bring other skills to the sector are very valuable.

“It is easy to forget that software is designed to solve a problem or advance some task. So it helps if people coming into it have a knowledge of, for instance, consumer products and services.”

Graduates will receive Professional Development Awards in software development from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

>> Interview with Polly Purvis here

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