New scholarship programme

Cathcart’s coding offer to low income students

Sam Watson and Gordon Kaye of Cathcart Associates

An independent IT recruitment firm is offering support to those from low income backgrounds seeking a career in the digital industries.

Cathcart Associates is launching a scholarship scheme with the UK’s only fully accredited digital skills academy, CodeClan.

The scheme will be targeted towards applicants who struggle to pay the tuition fee for the Edinburgh-based academy’s 16-week professional software development course.

Applications for CodeClan’s courses have grown significantly since it as set up in 2015 and 90% of graduates gain employment in within five months. 

By offering the scholarship, Cathcart Associates wants to encourage those who are passionate about coding and eager to retrain for a career in software development but have been held back because of the financial barrier to pay for the course.

Gordon Kaye, managing director, said: “We want to help support the next generation of programmers to learn the skills necessary to begin a career in digital technology.”

CodeClan plans to double its intake in Glasgow in 2018 from three cohorts to six, with a further nine starting in Edinburgh; this will produce 200 job ready individuals in Edinburgh and 120 in Glasgow during 2018. The academy is also aiming to increase the number of women graduating.

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO of CodeClan said:  “Anybody who decides to change career with CodeClan is passionate about their future and Cathcart Associates decision to help ease the financial barrier is one I applaud.”

Scotland’s digital technology industry is forecast to grow twice as fast as Scotland’s overall economy by 2024.  

CodeClan is a key element in the Government’s ‘Digital Strategy for Scotland’, which aims to create the conditions in which our digital technologies industries can thrive. 

It is working with industry to meet a shared objective of employing 150,000 in digital technology roles over the next five years.

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