Ukie and Creative Skillset announce new games industry Talent Development role – Great Opportunity

by October 18th, 2012

18 October 2012, London. Games trade body Ukie and sector skills council Creative Skillset have today announced that they are jointly funding a new Next-Gen Talent Development role for the UK games industry. The new role will create a Programme of activity that will support and grow young talent in the UK games industry and build better links and cross over between the games industry and up and coming talent – from secondary school to graduates, to early stage young entrepreneurs.

Ukie and Creative Skillset announce new games industry Talent Development role - Great Opportunity

This is an opportunity for an experienced individual to develop many of the recommendations from the Next-Gen Skills report, which identified where the games industry could improve how it works with educators to improve the flow of talent coming in to the sector. The role will particularly focus on those recommendations that called for better promotion of the industry as a career option and of the skills needed for a career in the games industry to school children, teachers, parents and students. This includes:

 

  • identifying, commissioning and marketing education support materials to promote the games industry as a career to school children, teachers, parents and students
  • creating a Ukie Student membership scheme
  • re-launching the Video Games Ambassadors (VGA) scheme
  • scoping the potential development of placement/intern schemes
  • scoping the development of a programme for teacher training support
  • supporting the creation of a mentoring scheme – and developing a jobs board/talent matchmaking service for industry

The Next-Gen Talent Development Programme is designed to dovetail with the ongoing policy led work under the Ukie led Next Gen Skills campaign.

Anyone interested in the role can see the full job specification here ukie.org.uk/content/next-gen-talent-development-coordinator

 

Ukie CEO Dr Jo Twist said: “There is no better way of encouraging children to learn about how to create technology than through games – whether through playing them or creating them. This new role will be incredibly important in developing the resources and activities that we need to help children learn the maths, physics, computer science and art that are all vital skills for the UK’s games industry and wider technology sector.”

 

Ukie Deputy Chair and co-author of the Livingstone Hope Skills Report, Ian Livingstone said: “There is a general lack of awareness of the career opportunities that exist in the games industry in the UK. So it’s fantastic that Ukie and Creative Skillset are coming together to create this vital new role. The outcome will not only get children thinking about games as a career, but will also make them aware of the digital skills required to become the creative talent of the future.”

Creative Skillset Deputy Chief Executive, Kate O’Connor said: ‘We’re delighted to partner with Ukie in creating this vital new role. Having someone to coordinate how the games industry works with schools, colleges and universities will make a huge difference to producing the highly skilled work force that it needs to continue to grow.”


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