Digital training initiative

Coding skills academy makes first base in Highlands

Melinda Matthews Clarkson

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson: ‘time to engage with other parts of Scotland’


Scotland’s only accredited academy for software and web development, CodeClan, is expanding to the Highlands to give more people a career pathway to the digital economy.

Fifteen students will learn code software in an intensive 12-week course when CodeClan Academy opens in the spring.

CodeClan Highland Academy is a new initiative which provides industry-led training for a new generation of software and web developers. It aims to help attract and retain young people in the Highlands, create high-value jobs and ensure businesses have access to skilled people to help innovate and improve their competitiveness.

The Academy will be managed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) as part of the Northern Innovation Hub on behalf of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal Partnership.

The Hub is a set of carefully targeted projects to strengthen innovation and increase competitiveness among businesses across The Highland Council region.

It was awarded £11 million by the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, along with £3m from the European Regional Development Fund and £2 million from HIE.

Senior project manager at HIE, Felix Spittal said: “Coding skills are increasingly in demand and employers are struggling to recruit suitably qualified people so it’s fantastic to have a provider with the experience of CodeClan deliver such an important project in the Highlands. Their track record in the central belt is remarkable, so we’re really looking forward to seeing them make a similar impact in the Highlands.” 

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, chief executive at Codeclan, added: “CodeClan has seen success in central Scotland and it is time to engage with other parts of Scotland.

“Inverness will be our next location and we are proud to be part of the initiative. We are also launching our new Partner Programme to better service the needs of the tech industry, helping address the digital skills gap across Scotland. 

“We will bring a highly successful delivery model to the Highlands, which will be given a local twist to ensure the course meets the requirements of businesses in the area.

“We hope to develop strong relationships with local businesses, collaborating with them in the development of the course as well as helping them to build relationships with students to aid recruitment.”

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