11 January 2012 - London, United Kingdom - Referring to a speech made to today by the Secretary of State for Education, that acknowledged the importance of having computer science taught in schools, Jo Twist, Chief Executive of games and interactive entertainment trade body UKIE said: "UKIE has played a key role in leading the cross industry Next Gen Skills campaign and lobbying government to have computer science on the national curriculum. We very much welcome the Secretary of State's speech this morning.
To have computer science recognised as a key component of the schools' curriculum is a huge step forward and great news for the interactive entertainment industry. We were also pleased to see Mr Gove specifically acknowledge the games industry and noting that the computer science skills shortage is a barrier to growth for our sector. The games industry wants to see a modern, relevant syllabus, and we will work across industry to ensure that we meet Michael Gove’s challenge to incorporate a rigorous computer science option in the EBACC.
We are also keen to explore how computer science, the sciences and art can work together as a suite of qualifications for a new generation of programmers and developers. There remains much to be done though, and we look forward to continuing to ensure that the UK's education system feeds the interactive entertainment industry with the skilled workforce that it needs.”
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The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or UKIE is a trade body that represents the whole of the UK’s video games and wider interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 (and formerly known as ELSPA), UKIE’s membership includes games publishers, developers and the academic institutions that support the industry.
UKIE works with government to champion a range of issues including age ratings, education and skills, tax incentives and protecting intellectual property rights. It also works with the media to ensure true and accurate representation of the sector by raising awareness of the industry’s positive economic contribution and the societal benefits of gaming to policy makers, regulators and consumers.
One of UKIE’s key roles is to support its members by providing them with key market information, promoting careers and offering the business support services, training and best-practice knowledge to enable them to operate most effectively.
In addition, UKIE works with GfK Chart-Track to compile weekly, monthly and annual retail charts and sales reports for the UK market.