Tontine Alumni CodeClan Delivering Skills to Increase Employability

CodeClan first opened in Edinburgh in 2015; offering a solution to Scotland’s digital skills shortage by providing a continuous flow of job-ready developers via its intensive 16-week software development course.

In order to replicate its successful operation in Glasgow, CodeClan set up in Tontine two years later after finding that the City Deal business incubator provided the flexible space it required to start delivering its courses immediately.

Based in the Merchant City, Tontine supports and sustains the development of high-growth companies in the enabling technology, advanced design and manufacturing, and creative economy sectors. It attracts and nurtures high growth entrepreneurial talent and is host to many of Glasgow’s significant growth companies of the future, offering high-quality and adaptable workspaces.

A high number of students enrolled on CodeClan’s programme have gone on to successfully gain employment, with 70% of those actively looking for jobs from the most recent graduating class securing work within just four weeks. Positions are spread across Scotland’s commercial and public sectors in roles as diverse as Software Developers, Analysts and Testers.

Melinda Matthews Clarkson, CEO of CodeClan said; “Tontine allowed us to get a foothold in Glasgow. The city’s tech scene has been on a well charted upward trajectory in recent times. So Glasgow is the right place for us to be – home to Scotland’s first Innovation District, with a number of powerhouse universities and thriving commercial and public sectors. After just over a year at Tontine, we moved base to a larger space in Glasgow to accommodate both our growing team and an increased number of students being trained.”

Both the UK and Scottish Governments are providing the Glasgow City Region local authorities with £500million each in grant funding for the Glasgow City Region City Deal.