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23rd October 2015 at 00:00

Coding revolution comes to Scotland

Back in February 2012, an outfit called Dev Bootcamp quietly opened its doors in Chicago. A privately funded business, it offered intensive 19-week courses in software development to people interested in learning how to become professional coders.

From that modest beginning, a global industry has developed that today encompasses more than 100 dedicated coding schools and academies – or bootcamps, to give them the original American term, intended to convey the essence of hard work, relentless focus and big personal challenges that combine to make up the coding academy student experience.

Last week in Edinburgh, deputy first minister John Swinney (pictured, right) officially opened CodeClan, Scotland’s first digital skills academy. Our aim is to create a pool of job-ready talent that will help to close the skills gap in Scotland’s fast-growing digital technologies industry.

In 16 weeks, we’ll teach our students how to code and arm them with the skills needed to walk into a first job as a junior software developer. Applicants don’t need to be mathematicians or have any previous technical experience. All that’s required is a willingness to learn, a passion for technology and the ability to think like a natural problem-solver.

More than 50,000 people have now “graduated” from coding academies around the world, the majority ending up with well-paid jobs in talent-hungry digital businesses. Why are these academies so popular? The simple answer is that they provide an accelerated pathway into new jobs, careers and futures for ambitious, competent people. And that is just what CodeClan will deliver.

Harvey Wheaton

Chief executive of CodeClan

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