Talent survey to inform games and visual effects skills review

5th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A new survey is being launched which will help to inform the independent review into how to provide the skills that Britain’s video games and visual effects businesses need.

The ‘Talent Survey’, which is aimed at those working in, and those who have sought work in, video games and visual effects businesses, is designed to find out what skills and education policies are needed to ensure that the UK can produce the highest calibre graduates to succeed in these high growth sectors.

The Skills Review, led by Ian Livingstone, co-founder of Games Workshop and Life President of Eidos and Alex Hope, co-founder of Double Negative, together with NESTA and Skillset, aims to make the UK into the world’s best source of talent for video games development and visual effects production in the world.

Ian Livingstone says:  “We’re going to examine the entire talent pipeline for video games and visual effects, from schools through to HE/FE and industry. It is important that video games and visual effects are seen as great career opportunities. And young people applying for jobs in these industries must have the necessary hard skills. This survey will help us to capture the evidence we need to make a robust case to government for how policy should support these critical sectors”.

Alex Hope says: “The visual effects and video games industries represent exceptional growth potential for the UK economy, thanks to the talent and drive of its workforce and a rapidly growing market. The Skills Review is the starting point for protecting the future of these industries and I urge everyone involved to have their input by taking part in the survey.”

The survey can be completed online at www.skillsforgames.com for those working in the video games industry and at www.skillsforvfx.com for those working in the visual effects industry. The Skills Review will be published at the end of January 2011. It will contain recommendations for policymakers, education providers and businesses.

Catherine Anderson / Expatica

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