Recruitment firm backs CodeClan digital skills academy

Be-IT Resourcing, the Edinburgh-based recruitment firm, is to help fund an aspiring software developer at Scotland’s digital skills academy.

Be-IT Resourcing managing director Gareth Biggerstaff

The firm joins others such as software company Simul8 and digital technologies trade body ScotlandIS in providing a scholarship at CodeClan, which launched in Edinburgh last month.

Gareth Biggerstaff, managing director of Be-IT Resourcing, said: “Our scholarship is designed to support an economically disadvantaged student studying coding as Scotland addresses the skills shortage in this sector. As recruiters, we have daily experience of the very real problems businesses face in sourcing IT talent.

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“By covering the fees for someone who can’t afford them, we are doing our bit, however small, to nurture the skilled computing professionals the country desperately needs.”

Rab Campbell, employer engagement director with CodeClan, added: “It is enormously encouraging that Be-IT are providing this scholarship, which will deliver real and practical support to ensure we get the best talent available into our industry.”

Freelance journalist and former television producer Michael MacLeod was earlier this month awarded the first ScotlandIS bursary for CodeClan, which based at Edinburgh’s CodeBase technology incubator and runs a 16-week course covering programming and software development.