CodeClan appoints Polly Purvis as first Chair

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One of the leading figures in the Scottish digital technologies industry has been appointed Chair of CodeClan, Scotland’s first digital skills academy.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of trade body ScotlandIS, which works on behalf of its members in the digital technologies sector, will bring more than 15 years of industry experience to the board as CodeClan’s first Chair.

Purvis was one of the project team behind the creation of CodeClan, working to meet aggressive time targets to attract its first students, and she will continue to play an active role in determining its future direction.

CodeClan is home to a welcoming, active and inspiring community, bound together with a shared goal of producing talented, work ready people hungry for a career in digital.

Innovative learning methods are being developed to create exceptional results combined with career opportunities for new graduates and skills that meet the needs of employers.

Scotland has produced a number of internationally successful digital businesses, from Skyscanner and Rockstar North to FanDuel.

Harvey Wheaton, chief executive of CodeClan, said: “Polly has been part of the CodeClan team from the start and she was a natural choice as Chair. She is well known for her commitment to increasing the number of people who pursue a career in our industry and her links to business will be invaluable as we develop CodeClan and its curriculum. In the fast paced digital sector you can’t stand still. New thinking, new processes and new practices will produce the dynamic people of tomorrow.”

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Purvis said: “I am honoured to have been asked to take on this role and I am looking forward to working alongside the rest of the Board. CodeClan is off to a flying start and has an exciting future ahead of it. With Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland and industry working so closely together I really do believe we can create a new generation of digital workers that will help Scotland achieve its ambition to be a world class digital economy by 2020. I am very proud to be part of that story.”

CodeClan opened its doors in September 2015, aiming to create a new generation of software developers that will allow Scotland’s vibrant digital sector to flourish and drive the economy.

Forecasts suggest Scotland alone could offer up to 11,000 job opportunities per year in the digital sector,

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

With an intake of students every 10 weeks, the first and second course cohorts are well underway and the third is due to start in mid February 2016. Applications for Cohort 3 are open until 22 January 2016 and specialist recruitment firm, Be-IT Resourcing, has funded a scholarship.

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