Software and web development remain the most in-demand skills, with 80% of businesses looking to hire this year
Digital skills academy CodeClan has announced that it expects to train more 250 software developers in 2017 after recently placing its 100th student in a digital role.
The announcement follows a recent study by industry trade body ScotlandIS, which found that 73% of businesses will turn to Scotland to hire digital talent this year.
This is an increase of 15% on last year’s figure.
The research also found that software and web development remain the most in-demand skills, with 80% of businesses looking to hire this year compared with 60% in 2016.
Harvey Wheaton, CEO of CodeClan, said: “It is fantastic to see the confidence of Scotland’s employers return and we are proud to be playing a part in that transformation.
“These findings are a clear endorsement of our work as we offer industry exactly what it is looking for – good quality, job-ready developers trained here in Scotland, for Scotland.”
The digital technologies sector is one of the nation’s economic success stories, generating over £5 billion in GVA (Gross Value Added) for Scotland every year.
CodeClan, which is Scotland’s first SQA-accredited digital skills academy, is a key element of the Government’s ‘Digital Strategy for Scotland’ – designed to create the conditions in which our digital technologies industries can thrive, working with industry to meet a shared objective of employing 150,000 people in digital technology roles over the next five years.
The number of vacancies for digital jobs in Scotland each year has already risen sharply from 11,000 to 12,800 with 90,000 people working in tech in Scotland and an average salary of £37,500. (Source: Skills Development Scotland)
With CodeClan already well on its way to placing over 350 students between its Edinburgh and Glasgow campuses by the end of 2017, Wheaton said: “Placing our 100th student is hugely significant for us because it provides us with validation that our model is working and proves that we are doing what we set out to do, which is to equip people with the relevant skills needed for a job in tech.
“Every role that we fill now is one more towards reducing the skills gap that threatens to stifle the growth of Scotland’s technology sector.
“One more that ordinarily would not have been filled had CodeClan not existed. We are incredibly proud of our contribution and achievements to date and look forward to continuing to make a making a meaningful impact on the skills gap in future.”
Currently, 90% of CodeClan’s graduates land their first job in Scotland’s tech sector within six months and 50% of secure a job within six weeks of finishing the intensive course.
Gregor Gilchrist was the 100th student to secure a job after studying at CodeClan, taking up a role as a Quality Assurance Analyst with Edinburgh software firm, Craneware, just one week after graduating.
Before choosing to take the leap into tech, Gregor, a politics graduate, tried his hand at a number of different jobs, including teaching English in Madrid and working as warehouse manager for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Gilchrist said: “I was looking for my next step and was impressed with the set-up at CodeClan. It made sense to me to spend 16 weeks gaining an in-demand skill that could open up a whole new career path.
“I began work at Craneware within a week of graduating from CodeClan and am really enjoying it. The company and the role are a perfect way to start my career.”