Bursaries are to be offered to support women entering Scottish tech roles in a bid to help close the gender gap. 

CodeClan, the UK’s first accredited digital skills academy, is targeting more female applicants for their 16-week software development course as part of an overall strategic plan to get more women employed in Scottish technology roles.

Newly appointed CEO, Melinda Matthews Clarkson, has launched a Digital Women’s Group to support this drive to get more women employed in Scottish tech jobs. CodeClan’s mission is to generate a steady stream of digital talent to meet the future needs of Scotland’s vibrant digital sector.

CodeClan’s Ambition

The overall goal is for women to total 40% of its graduating classes by 2020. This year close to 50% of the first class in Edinburgh are women, and one in four of CodeClan graduates placed in tech roles to date have been female. But Matthews Clarkson is looking to increase that number further and plans to engage with leading Scottish companies to support the bursary scheme.

Speaking about the move, Matthews Clarkson said “Narrowing the gender and diversity gap in the workplace has been unequivocally shown to increase productivity and perspective and that’s a very clear economic rationale for encouraging inclusivity in the digital economy.”

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science Shirley Anne Somerville said, “We want more people in Scotland, particularly girls and women, to embrace the opportunities offered by a career in digital.”


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