Paving the way for emerging IT talent
With news of a million young people currently seeking employment
in the UK, it is easy to see why many students and recent graduates
may be apprehensive when it comes to their career options. However,
Aberdeen-based IT company, Codify, is encouraging business not to
overlook emerging talent and what they can bring to the table.
Mark Griffiths, Managing Director at Codify, specialists in
delivering software solutions to the energy industry, commented:
"Six of our employees came to us as graduates fresh out of
university which is around a third of Codify's total staff. One of
those made an impression when they completed their university
placement with us and we were more than happy to get them back
"We are committed to encouraging people at all levels to get
into IT and this attitude has served us extremely well as we have
attracted high calibre individuals who have made an impact. With
the current employment situation it is vital that we do not
overlook bright prospects who often have the determination and
drive that we need more of within the IT industry."
For the past two years, Codify has participated in Aberdeenshire
Council's work experience programme, taking at least one school
pupil per year for a week long placement. This is set to continue
Mark added: "Many organisations dismiss work experience students
because it takes up vital time and resources but Codify is
passionate about encouraging young people down an exciting and
varied career path."
Toni Murray, 17, completed her work experience placement at
Codify earlier this year and it had a direct influence on her
subsequent university course choices.
She said: "Just a week at Codify really opened up my eyes to all
the different options I would have if I was to choose a career in
"My assigned role was Junior Software Developer which was very
interesting and diverse. I enjoyed it so much that I am now
studying Computer Science at RGU."
Codify is also currently working with ScotlandIS, taking part in
e-Placement Scotland - an industry-backed programme to boost the
participation of students in industry placements. The firm often
welcomes university students for their summer or annual
placements. Ben Owen, 20, studies Computer Science at RGU and
is half way through his year long placement at Codify.
As a Software Developer, his role is to assist clients when they
encounter any problems with software systems, in addition to
development work. He commented: "Codify is increasing my experience
in programming and problem solving, but equally it is allowing me
to experience customer relations and being part of a busy
development team - aspects I wouldn't have been exposed to if it
hadn't been for my placement.
"It is great to work with a company that really values my
contribution and the stage I am at in my career."
Graeme Humphrey, Codify's Operations Director, is part of RGU's
School of Computing Industrial Advisory Group which helps shape
courses for the future, ensuring students are taught real-world
knowledge that will be utilised when they begin working.
He said: "Taking on university placement students is an
opportunity to support the local universities and give students the
real world experience they crave, and ultimately need to progress
and appear attractive to prospective employers upon graduating.
"When we take on graduates, it's all about moulding them into a
'Codifier' - someone who is professional, highly competent and
always ahead of the game."