CodeClan awards first SIMUL8 Scholarship to Iwona Sztorc

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CodeClan’s first scholarship has been won by Iwona Sztorc who, with a background in marketing, recently left her job to learn how to code and start a new career in technology.

Competition for the scholarship was fierce and candidates were assessed against strict criteria including their interest in the industry, background in technology and financial status.

Iwona has already experimented with web design and ‘self taught’ has started to learn to code and build her own websites, including a site to document a charity cycle she and her partner took part in.

Commenting on the news Iwona Sztoc said: “I am thrilled to have won this scholarship, securing a place at CodeClan would have been a phenomenal achievement in itself but to win a scholarship is unbelievable. I am enormously excited to be starting at CodeClan and the limitless opportunities it will open up to me.”

CodeClan is Scotland’s first digital skills academy and the SIMUL8 Scholarship was set up to fund one outstanding applicant through the academy’s first ground-breaking coding course.

The award has been fully funded by Scottish software company, SIMUL8 Corporation, in a bid to support CodeClan’s drive to get more coders into the workplace.

Laura Reid, CEO at SIMUL8 Corporation, said: “We are delighted to award the SIMUL8 Scholarship to Iwona. She is exactly the sort of person that we want to attract into the industry. She has an energy and enthusiasm for digital that will fuel the extraordinary growth we are seeing in the sector.

“We believe that industry must play its part in helping to bridge the skills gap and drive the
long-term growth of Scotland with CodeClan.

“The SIMUL8 Scholarship is our way of supporting the next generation of developers and helping someone to transform their career and join this amazing sector.”

The first cohort of students will be drawn from a variety of backgrounds from graduates and coding hobbyists to people changing career or returning to work. Although a tech background is not needed, a rigorous selection process, including mandatory pre-qualification course, will help determine aptitude and fit.

Rebecca Heaney, Head of Student Recruitment for CodeClan, said: “Scotland’s digital economy needs new talent coming through to help it maintain growth. CodeClan is part of the solution, producing a reliable stream of entry-level developers with excellent ‘soft’ skills who can hit the ground running and learn on the job.”

Industry led and Government backed, the academy’s curriculum has been tailored to fit real time market demands in Scotland and is working with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), to offer its graduates ‘Professional Development Awards’ in Software Development.


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