Article courtesy of Lidia Rumley
London, UK – 2nd June 2015 NextGen Skills Academy, a pioneering organisation backed by both government and industry funding, is today pleased to announce that it will launch its first course, the Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills this September with its partner awarding organisation AIM Awards at a number of further education colleges across England, which include North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), Sunderland College, Truro & Penwith College and Uxbridge College.
The diploma will provide a level 3 qualification, which is equivalent to three A Levels. As well as the delivery of relevant and up to date course content that has been written by industry to replicate today’s real-world work environment, students joining the course will have unprecedented access to industry mentors and industry-designed live briefs, set and assessed by a group of leading companies from the sectors being studied. Over two years, students will build portfolios relevant to industry needs and as preparation for either working in these sectors or as a progression to higher education or higher apprenticeships.
In addition to the Games, Animation and VFX Skills Diploma, NextGen is supporting a selection of industry partners in the creation of three higher apprenticeships which have been approved for development; one role in games and two roles in VFX. The games apprenticeship is Quality Assurance Technician, led by Rebellion (with a further role of Community Coordinator, led by Ubisoft Reflections proposed for future development). The two VFX apprenticeships are Junior 2D Artist, led by Double Negative and Assistant Technical Director, led by Framestore.
A higher apprenticeship offers a work-based learning programme, which combines on the job training with studying for high-level qualifications, allowing employers to create a highly skilled workforce that is ready to meet the future demands of the business.
“NextGen’s aim is to be a leading developer of relevant, up to date qualifications and apprenticeships that will allow young people to develop exciting careers in the digital creative industries, while also providing employers with a dynamic talent pool of skilled individuals that will enable them to grow successful businesses,” said Gina Jackson, Managing Director at NextGen Skills Academy. “This is all about preparing students for the roles that employers are recruiting today and it’s very exciting to see the first round of our hard work come to fruition with the launch of the Games, Animation and VFX Skills Diploma and our three higher apprenticeships.”
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About NextGen Skills Academy
NextGen Skills Academy is a government-funded organisation established in 2014 in order to respond to a review that showed a gap in the education system when it came to providing crucial skills needed in the games, animation and VFX industries. NextGen is committed to working closely with these industries to develop qualifications, apprenticeships and short courses that will ensure their future growth and success.
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