Codebase to acquire CodeClan assets from liquidator

Codebase HQ in Edinburgh

Codebase, the operator of Scotland’s Techscaler startup support network, said it will acquire CodeClan’s training materials and other assets from the liquidator.

CodeClan, Scotland’s national digital skills academy, announced on August 4 it had gone into liquidation and would cease all operations.

“Codebase will be contacting a group of former CodeClan trainers this week, inviting them to return for a period of time, in order to complete the current students’ courses, using the same training materials, to minimise disruption to students,” said Mark Logan, Chief Entrepreneurial Advisor to Scottish Government in a LinkedIn post.

“The training team will be able to work out of one of the Techscaler sites for the duration of this training process, during which the trainers involved will, of course, be paid, and will have full access to Techscaler resources and support, including facilitating introductions to suitable support organisations and contacts in the Techscaler network and wider ecosystem.

“Of course, it may well be that some of the former CodeClan trainers who are requested to help with this exercise will not wish to return, and this is completely understandable.

“They and other employees have suffered a very difficult ordeal, and everyone in Scotland’s business community feels deeply for them.

“Where a course cannot be delivered in its original form, alternative routes to will be offered to affected students to complete their learning experience.

“The Scottish Government will be assisting with full funding to support the student training process, with further operational and material costs borne by Codebase.

“I’m grateful to Stephen Coleman and Steven Drost of Codebase/Techscaler, Economy Minister Neil Gray and his team of officials in the Scottish Government, and Alistair Forbes of Scottish Tech Army for their involvement in putting this plan together in necessarily short timescales, during which many options were proposed and explored.

“In this regard it has been very heartening to see such a strong response from across Scotland’s business community to the situation.

“Codebase will shortly provide additional information on the above process and will begin to contact some of CodeClan’s former employees from early next week, with student outreach to follow shortly afterwards …

“We are certainly going to find a way to re-establish a sustainable, strategic talent channel into the tech sector, enabling people to retrain as software engineers and related roles from other disciplines.

“This endeavour will only be successful through the active involvement of Scotland’s business and tech community, ensuring that we are able to properly explore the changing needs of employers, to provide high-quality, relevant training programmes to meet those needs, and to determine a sustainable commercial model for their delivery.

“Given the overwhelming response from our collective community in offering support to people affected by CodeClan’s closure, I have no doubt that we’ll succeed.”