CodeClan partners with Baillie Gifford to launch a youth academy

Scottish national digital skills academy CodeClan has teamed up with Baillie Gifford to launch a new youth-focused programme.

The eight-week course is based in Edinburgh, including a four-week coding bootcamp at CodeClan, followed by a four-week paid internship with an industry partner.

The CodeClan Youth Academy is aimed at young people aged 17 and over, providing them with the programming skills required in an industrial environment.

With 10 places available in the first cohort, the program starts on July 4. CodeClan believes that students who complete the course will be able to perform tasks equivalent to the role of a junior front-end developer.

The CodeClan bootcamp section will include training in HTML and CSS, presentation skills, JavaScript, NodeJS, and introductions to user experience and Angular.

Yvonne Robertson, Chief Information Systems Officer at Baillie Gifford, said: “We believe it is crucial that we all play a part in developing our young workforce and reducing the current deficit. of digital skills by giving an overview of the range of career opportunities in the technology sector. .

“As an industry and business community, we can collectively share our vast experience and knowledge to help guide young people to positive outcomes beyond school, such as apprenticeships or higher education in technology. .”

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, Chief Executive of CodeClan, said: “We have a huge tech landscape in Scotland, from agriculture to creative industries and space tech, but we don’t have enough people to meet the growing needs. of our economy – it’s time to rally the younger generation to develop the skills we need to make our world a better place.

In February, CodeClan partnered with Tigers, the Glasgow-based apprenticeship training provider, to co-deliver an education and mentorship program aimed at providing more young people in Glasgow with the skills and confidence to find a job.

Applications close May 6.

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