A DIGITAL skills academy are launching a programme where not for profit and community organisations will benefit from graduates digital skills.
CodeClan has piloted its Client Xperience programme, which enables students to volunteer two of their final weeks to organisations who are creating social impact but need digital assistance to complete projects.
Over multiple cohorts, student volunteers work with partners to identify opportunities and set objectives. They then use their new programming skills to meet goals whilst gaining invaluable experience in a real work environment, with an existing codebase.
Melinda Matthews Clarkson, CodeClan’s CEO, commented: “We’re officially launching our Client Xperience programme at #EIE19 as it’s a global showcase for Scotland’s innovation and success in pioneering digital technologies.
“CodeClan is an integral part of the country’s start-up and scale-up scene with over 500 graduates placed in companies across Scotland. I firmly believe this new programme will make our graduates even more valuable to employers and improve their productivity at work even further.
“Being able to implement new skills on a live project at the same time as working on something with real purpose, is a win win.”
Genna Walsh worked on the One Cherry project, which helped develop an app for browsing items in charity shops. One Cherry had started this ground-breaking project to bring charity shops online but needed additional resource for the final stage.
She said: “You get to contribute to something meaningful whilst at the same time gaining valuable industry experience that instantly improves your CV and interview content. It’s a no brainer!”
More information about the course can be found here