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CodeClan and BE-IT launch coding scholarship

cotland’s accredited digital skills academy CodeClan has teamed up with BE-IT to offer an exclusive scholarship to an individual with a strong desire to learn code.

CodeClan says it is calling for people with great problem-solving skills and a passion for tech to consider applying for the position, which will see them take their first steps into a career in tech following an intensive coding course.

The scholarship position, which is due to commence in July this year, is open to applicants of any age, earning under £24,000 per annum, with applications closing 27th May 2016.

Harvey Wheaton, CEO at CodeClan, said, “As tech is at the heart of every business, we feel everyone should be given the chance to learn to code. This scholarship is about providing someone without the financial wherewithal with the opportunity to embark on a career in Scotland’s largest growing industry where there are countless career opportunities.

“It is great to be working with BE-IT again after they funded another student through the course earlier this year. Their continued support of our initiative proves their commitment to the industry and to the Scottish economy as a whole.”

BE-IT will fund £2,250 of the £4,500 course and those interested in applying must say in 500 words why they feel a career in tech is right for them. A short-list of candidates will then be invited in for a panel interview, the companies say.

Gareth Biggarstaff, managing director at BE-IT, commented, “We are delighted to offer assistance to those passionate about coding but lacking the funds to be able to learn.

“Our first scholarship offer earlier this year proved to be a huge success with our selected candidate making excellent progress on the course. We are keen to offer this opportunity again so that we can continue to invest in the future of Scotland’s burgeoning tech sector.

“As a recruiter in the industry, we are aware of the very real problems that businesses face when recruiting IT talent and by assisting with fees, we feel we are helping to nurture the skilled computing professionals that this country desperately needs.”

To date, 70% of CodeClan graduates have been placed in developing roles, generally within six weeks of graduating and starting on an average salary of £23,000 a year.

Opening its doors in October 2015, CodeClan aims to provide a solution to the ever-growing digital skills gap by producing 20 work-ready junior developers every 16-weeks.

Forecasts alone suggest Scotland’s tech sector could offer anything up to 11,000 job opportunities a year, of which only half are filled. Furthermore, 70% of businesses are in need of software and development skills.

The recipient will be the second student to receive financial assistance from the Edinburgh-based tech recruiter, BE-IT, who has shown significant support for CodeClan’s efforts to address Scotland’s considerable digital skills gap.

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