A new Bootcamp for games tech supported by the West of England Combined Authority is now open for applications. The boot camp has been developed by NextGen Skills AcademyOpposable Games and TechSPARK.

The condensed training course will be focussed on games programming, including Unity and Unreal Engines. These skills are highly in-demand across games, VR, AR, animation, VFX, and manufacturing, with hundreds of vacancies in these growing industries.

Ben Trewhella HeadshotBen Trewhella is the managing director of Bristol-based Opposable Games; he said: “The games industry is already the largest entertainment industry globally by revenue and employment is booming. However, there is a dire skills shortage.

“Learning to program games technology is engaging and incremental, with immediate feedback. It unlocks high paying careers in the exciting games industry and wider engineering or technology fields. We are very proud to be working with an ambitious group of employers and look forward to helping a new generation of tech workers find careers they can be passionate about.”

Bootcamp for Games Tech Course Outline

The NextGen Futures Bootcamp is free to all trainees and includes:

  • 160 hours of remote learning (10 hours a week with 3 hours of tutor-led lessons and 7 hours studying in your own time)
  • 16 weeks of teaching from September 2021 to January 2022
  • Online learning with experienced tutors, plus face-to-face networking and events
  • A guaranteed interview with a local employer on successful completion of the course

Recruitment for the NextGen Futures Bootcamp is open now and closes at midnight on Tuesday 31st August 2021* For more information and to start your application, visit: www.nextgenfutures.com  

*NextGen Futures is reviewing applications throughout August. We reserve the right to close applications early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications. All candidates must be aged 19 or over. The must be a resident in the West of England Combined Authority. This is defined as living within Bristol, South Gloucestershire or Bath and North East Somerset.

Ben Shorrock

Ben has been working to help grow tech and digital business for the last decade. He is currently the MD of TechSPARK the Southwest’s network for tech startups and scale ups working with 25,000 people a month to help them recruit, network and raise capital in the UK’s most productive Tech cluster (TechNation 2019). He sits on the boards of the UK Tech Cluster Group, Bristol’s ONce City Economy Board, Tech Swindon, Tech Southwest and is a co-founder of Bristol Tech Festival. Prior to working for TechSPARK, Ben worked in consultancy with businesses opening new sites internationally. In this role, he helped set up Invest Bristol & Bath and the Netherlands consulate for the north of England.