Former oil worker makes the grade
CodeClan ‘grad’ hired by Spectromax
Lewis Johnston wanted a career change that would open up new opportunities and see him gain sought after skills.
He undertook an intensive four month course at the CodeClan Academy, based at the Codebase incubator in Edinburgh, learning to code and building applications.
He will hone his practical skills at Spectromax with the intention of gaining a professional development award.
“Taking the plunge to switch careers was no easy decision,” he said. “With a growing number of jobs available in the IT sector, I feel very supported in my ambition to start a new chapter of my work-life.
“Learning how to code has been hugely rewarding and I’m looking forward to being a fully fledged member of the Spectromax team.”
Spectromax is a long time advocate of building digital skills in Scotland. It supports a number of programmes that aim to train new engineers and correct the skills gap that sees many UK technology jobs go unfilled. The company has also made a commitment to hiring local and offering them a true ‘living wage’.
Bhuwan Kaushik, chief execuive of Spectromax said: “We’re thrilled to be in a position to offer new coders like Lewis the chance to develop their skills in the real world.
“Practical, hands-on experience is invaluable for those relatively new to the IT sector. We aim to support Lewis throughout his career by pairing him up with experienced engineers and giving him experience of applying these new skills in a business environment.
“Businesses like ours have a responsibility to try and actively correct the skills gap that is currently draining the UK economy of resources, jobs and investment.
“There are many pieces to this puzzle; changes need to be made to the education system and to training programmes, but we also need to work to create jobs that the UK workforce can fulfil now. By hiring fledgling engineers and coders, we hope to do our bit in correcting the skills gap.”