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Digital skills academy tops the one thousandth graduate milestone

Scottish digital skills academy CodeClan has reached a milestone with the passing of 1,000 graduates.

The students have all successfully completed courses at the academy which now operates in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Many are now back on campus doing the courses which include professional software development, data analysis and web development.

CodeClan CEO Melinda Matthews-Clarkson said: “We are not going to pretend that the last few months have been easy but it’s nice to take a moment to see how far we have come as we mark our thousandth graduate.

“It’s exciting to get people back on campus, albeit in a restricted fashion for the foreseeable future, and we’re really pleased that our virtual classrooms have come into their own since lockdown.”

She highlighted the recently published Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review, commissioned by the Scottish Government and produced by former Skyscanner COO Mark Logan, which identified “Education and Training” as of the fundamental requirements for the future success of Scotland’s digital sector.

She added: “The Logan Review illustrates in no uncertain terms how important education and training is if we want to take our digital sector to the next level in Scotland.

“It’s great to see the Scottish Government already moving on the report’s recommendations so there’s a real collective feeling in the tech community that we’re now pointed in the right direction.”

CodeClan is set to mark its fifth anniversary next month.

Initially funded by the Scottish Government, CodeClan is now run as a not-for-profit self-funded organisation, working with hundreds of employers across Scotland from startup to global corporate level.

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