The Games and Computing department at Middlesbrough College was thriving last month when over 20 creative and digital employers from the area visited the College for a Digital Expo event.
The event, organised in collaboration with entrepreneur, Dave Sharp (who boasts over 28 years’ experience in the Games industry), was designed to bring together our talented Games and Computing Level 3 students and a number of leading industry specialists from the region. Students were able to connect with the likes of Greenlord Studios, Spearhead Interactive and Foxbyte Games, presenting their wide range of work from their time at the College.
The day marked the first occasion the College welcomed such a high volume of employers from the sector, after the department noticed a growing skills crisis, and were keen to act on it. A number of the employers in attendance on the day will be working in collaboration with the department going forward, to develop a new Advisory Board which will help to shape the curriculum and take it to the forefront of digital delivery.
Lecturer in Computing at Middlesbrough College, Mark Whitehead, was thrilled following the success of the event, and was excited to see how it will help students to progress by altering our courses to be more applicable to what employers want. Mark also acknowledged the opportunity for “putting a face to a name”, which is only going to work in the favour of students when it comes to applying to jobs.
Students, Harry Robson and Dominic Hoggart, who are both set to start university in September found the event to be incredibly positive, giving them the opportunity to network and build their confidence when talking to employers. Harry also praised his course, saying “My time at the college has been great. I’ve enjoyed the 2 years and I feel prepped for the next step.”
The employers in attendance were able to take a lot from the day too, with Paul Jenkins from North CS noting how beneficial it was to see the “local talent and potential” on offer at Middlesbrough College, with a lot being of a higher standard than some produced at university level.
There was also an evident buzz in the department thanks to the recent accreditation to run the Next-Gen: Skills Academy course
. Middlesbrough College is the 8th college in the country to be acknowledged, bringing industry and educators together to develop the next generation of digital talents in games, animation and visual effects; a course designed by the industry for the industry.
Overall, the Digital Expo proved to be a huge success, with many companies also coming forward to offer to deliver workshops, produce live briefs and work placements in the next academic year!
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