Digital Skillset Needed to Close Skills Gap

A new course has been launched to close the skills gap in the creative industry.

The games, animation and visual effects industries combined are worth £6bn to the UK economy.

The government and industry-backed initiative, NextGen Skills Academy, has created this new qualification to help provide the new skills to the creative industry.

MD of NextGen Skills Academy, Gina Jackson, said: "From creating visual effects for the latest TV or movie blockbuster to developing the next video game sensation, students of the exciting new Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills will be given all the tools they need to become the next generation of digital creatives."

NextGen Skills Acadmey was set up last year to address the education gap in the creative industry and has worked with employers in this industry to develop the new course.

More than half of the jobs available in the games industry require coding and programming and research by NextGen Skills Academy found that 47% of employers in these industries had vacancies that were difficult to fill because they could not find applicants with the needed skills.

The new course will be worth three A-Levels and will start in September 2015 in colleges across the UK.

The course will require A-C grades in English and Maths GCSE.

NextGen qualifications have been developed in partnership with AIM Awards to design environments in a college to resemble real-life working scenarios.

Mentors will also be available from companies in each sector, and students will be able to learn the skills needed to apply for apprenticeships and jobs in the games or animation industries.

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