Games Trainee Finder goes live


9 July 2013

Games employers can now sign up to Trainee Finder and hire the best trainees part-funded by the Creative Skillset Skills Investment Fund (SIF).

Ian Livingstone CBE, Life President of Eidos and Chair of Creative Skillset's Games Skills Council, said “Trainee Finder has been developed in response to industry demand and we are pleased to be able to launch this new scheme thanks to the Government’s support and co-investment in the industry.”

Games employers can register to the scheme via Creative Skillset’s website, review the trainees and invite candidates for interview. Placements can last up to a year with businesses receiving up to 50 % contribution to the trainee placement for the first six months followed by 25 % over the remaining six months.

Individuals are eligible if they have completed a relevant degree course accredited with the Creative Skillset Tick in the last 18 months or hold two testimonials from industry. Around 10% of students on these accredited courses come from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background and Creative Skillset will actively encourage a diverse pool of applicants through the testimonials, working with industry organisations that support diversity in the workforce.

Ian continued: "The need for new skills and new talent is essential if we are going to grow and compete globally. Creative Skillset, together with our trade bodies, Ukie and TIGA, are united on this mission and are delighted to see our brightest new talent will be matched with industry through Trainee Finder.

"I would encourage all employers within games to contribute to the SIF and register for Trainee Finder."

Gina Jackson, Games Associate, Creative Skillset, said: “I will be at the Develop Conference in Brighton talking to games employers about the scheme and how easy it is to sign up and access trainees.  If anyone would like to discuss this in more detail, I would encourage them to get in touch.”

Dinah Caine CBE, CEO of Creative Skillset, said: “Trainee Finder will enable games companies to recruit work ready trainees, with commitment and passion through co-investment via the SIF.

“It will connect the existing workforce and create a new talent supply chain capable of world class creative content across all platforms.”

Every pound invested by industry into the SIF will be matched by Government up to £8m each year for two years, making the total potential investment in skills through the SIF £32m over two years.

Employers can register their interest in Trainee Finder through:

Prospective trainees can register their interest in applying:

Trainee Finder builds upon the hugely successful Trainee Placement Scheme Creative Skillset has operated within Craft and Technical disciplines of the film industry for three years and will be extended to animation and TV. Full launch will be subject to ensuring state aid compliance.

It is tailored to meet the needs of each industry with various recruitment models, lengths of placement, levels of subsidy and number of trainees available and will provide a pool of enthusiastic equipped with the skills those industries need. 

Recruitment for TV and film trainees will start late summer and the animation scheme will be launched at the Animation Showcase on 16 July.




  • Creative Skillset is the licensed Sector Skills Council for Entertainment Media, Fashion and Textiles, Publishing and Advertising, Marketing and Communications. It is owned and invested in by employers working in social partnership with unions and aspires to have the best skills and talent in the world to drive growth of the industries and the UK economy. Creative Skillset brings all parts of the Creative Industries together to add value through collaboration on workforce development.
  • The Creative Skillset Skills Investment Fund (SIF) channels industry and government investment for training and skills development to address skills gaps and shortages in film, animation, high-end TV, games and VFX. Every pound invested by industry into the SIF will be matched by Government up to £8m each year for two years, making the total potential investment in skills through the SIF £32m over two years.
  • The computer games industry has opted to co-invest into the SIF through collective arrangements which will achieve economies of scale and address common issues. Co-investment will be through a number of schemes including subsidised training to support continuing professional development and the Trainee Finder programme.
  • In response to industry demand, film, high-end TV and animation contribute to the SIF via a production levy of 0.5% UK core expenditure (currently capped at £39,500) and due on the first day of principal photography/animation.
  • The Creative Skillset Tick is the quality kitemark for excellence in training courses and education in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick helps identify the UK’s most industry-focussed courses and apprenticeships enabling universities, colleges and employers to recruit the brightest talent. It is an invaluable signpost for potential students, apprentices and employers to indicate those programmes that provide the most up-to-date and relevant industry-approved training and education.

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