Konami, Sega, and Ubisoft have banded together with Nintendo UK for Digital Schoolhouse and a “special series of events aimed to inspire young people to pursue a career within video games and other creative industries”.
As part of the national Discover! Creative Careers week, the Digital Schoolhouse event – which is running from November 18th to 22nd, 2019 – will see the young people aged 11-18 visit these studios to find out more about careers in the video games industry and “gain a real insight into the breadth of roles available in this diverse, exciting industry”. Activities include career talks across multiple disciplines, networking, and the opportunity to respond to and present creative briefs to developers.
“At Digital Schoolhouse we embed careers education in everything we do,” said Shahneila Saeed, director of Digital Schoolhouse. “As a bridge between industry and education we’re keen to support and engage with opportunities such as the Discover! Creative Careers week, which does just that.
“In addition to the digital skills required in both business and technical roles within the creative sector, experiences like this enable students to gain a vital insight into real work environments which spotlight the importance of soft skills too. This is unique careers education and an exemplary opportunity for students and teachers alike, to understand possible pathways in the video games industry and perhaps uncover roles that they didn’t even know existed,” Saeed added.
Discover! Creative Careers is a new, week-long English event run as part of the Creative Careers Programme.
Nintendo UK teamed up with not-for-profit organisation Digital Schoolhouse (DSH) earlier this year to help deliver “play-based learning and industry best practice” to school and college learners over the next academic year.
Becoming the programme’s new lead partner, Nintendo UK hopes to support an estimated 32,000 learners across a network for 55 schools and colleges “to bridge the gap between industry and education, combining fun, innovation and creativity with learning” and enable learners to learn anytime, anywhere with Nintendo’s mobile console system, Nintendo Switch. The programme – which is delivered by UK trade industry body Ukie – works in the grassroots of computing and is also working with Nintendo UK to deliver the next DSH national schools esports tournament.