Qantm Calls For Industry To Engage With Schools to Stem Skills Shortage

22nd July 2008.  London, UK.   Qantm College today announced its presence at at two career-influencing events aimed at 14-19 year olds. The private college will be taking a stand at Skills London 2008  - the biggest careers event for young people of the year; and joining the BBC Blast on Tour for its 3 day event in Oxford.

Nic Oliver, International&Domestic Marketing Manager for Qantm College said,“This year Qantm will not only be attending these events to represent itself, but also the game development industry as a whole. We have a national skills shortage and need to be engaging with pupils and teachers at secondary schools to highlight the great opportunities available to them. Attending Skills London and joining the BBC’s Blast Tour are just two smalls step in the right direction. We’re calling on the industry to help us do more.” 

Skills London, the UK’s biggest careers event for 14 - 19 year olds is free to enter and covers a wide range of exhibitors from creative to healthcare, construction to retail and engineering to hospitality.  The event is expecting over 50,000 visitors to attend over the three days.

Joining the BBC’s Blast on Tour in Oxford from 21st-23rd August 2008 Qantm will join a host of local creatives offering teenagers an opportunity to explore a variety of FREE workshops and showcase events. www.bbc.co.uk/blast/ontour

The fun-filled three days will offer up a  exciting and informative sessions  including Animation, Film-making, DJing, VJing, MCing, Music, Fashion, Photography, Radio, Dance and much more. Visitors will also have the chance to meet and work with industry professionals and be given tips from real people in-the-know.

Oliver added,“It is vital that younger generations are shown the relevance of studying subjects like math and physics, which can lead them into some of the most exciting careers of the 21st century. Very few people would have imagined that some of the best mathematicians in the country work on major game and 3d film titles!”

Commenting on Skills London 2008, John Denham, the Secretary of State for the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills says "This careers and training event for young people in London is very welcome and very timely. Bringing young people together with employers, colleges, universities, training providers and advisers - and with each other - is an excellent idea. The event will help young people find out more about the huge range of opportunities available to them and to decide what best suits their own particular needs and aspirations. "

Visitors can come to Skills London with their school, college, group, family or with friends and find Qantm College on Stand A21 from November 20-22. http://www.skillslondon2008.co.uk

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About Qantm.

Qantm College was founded in 1996 in Australia backed by several key universities, government departments and arts bodies.  With three colleges in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, Qantm has established relationships with key companies and has become the benchmark in providing Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor qualifications in Animation, Digital Video, Games Programming, Graphic Design and Multimedia.  Qantm was acquired by the SAE group in 2004 .

About SAE.

SAE Institute was founded by Austrian entrepreneur Tom Misner and is the world’s largest private school in media, audio and animation with 45 colleges in 20 countries including Australia, USA, Germany, Malaysia and the UK.  www.sae.edu

About BBC Blast On Tour.

Designed for 13-19 years the BBC Blast team have devised another exciting programme of free creative workshops and events that are taking place across the UK on the Blast truck. Blast is taking to the road in a truck that transforms into a digital workshop, stage and studio.

All workshops are free– to book, go to www.bbc.co.uk/blast/ontour

About Skills London 2008.

Skills London 2008 is presented by London First and is supported by the Learning Skills Council and London Development Agency. Media partners are Choice FM and London Metro.

Skills London 2008 is being organised by Prospects Events in partnership with RECEX LLP. CEO Baroness Jo Valentine is delighted that London First are launching Skills London 2008“The initial funding support from London Learning and Skills Council and the London Development Agency will ensure Skills London 2008 will be a high profile event and represents just one of the ways in which we are responding to the needs of London businesses. The event will encourage young people to gain the right employability skills as they come into the jobs market for the first time.”


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