FÁS backs new games courses for those on Live Register

19 Dec 2012

The world famous Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin is to be the scene for a new initiative supported by FÁS that will train unemployed people to give them the skills to find employment in the games industry where employment is up 91pc in the last three years.

Employment agency FÁS is supporting the Momemtum Initiative and Pulse College at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin to make games development and project management courses available to the unemployed.

The aim of this industry-led course is to build on existing abilities, and reskill or retrain the long-term unemployed for a job in computer game development or game project management.

With employment in the area rising more than 91pc since 2009, game development and game project management are highly sought-after skills required by the games industry. Fostering, upskilling and retraining is the key to Ireland’s success in this growing sector.

Aimed at professionals and graduates

This programme is aimed at professionals and graduates from other disciplines who wish to access new areas of employment. These include CAD designers, architects, creative artists, graphic or print designers, those in the technology, engineering, media and IT fields, as well as those from computer science, business and management.

Pulse College has been educating students for more than 20 years in audio, film and gaming. Pulse College has a proven track record of successfully placing its graduates and include Oscar, Grammy, IFTA and Meteor award winners among its alumni.

“Our courses are delivered to the highest standards and we place a strong emphasis on helping students find work in the industry during and after graduation,” said Naomi Moore, director at Pulse College. 

“Work placement has already been secured with companies including Brown Bag, Seoige and BitSmith Games. Our study programmes are designed to prepare our students for the real life-working environment and we pride ourselves on our ability to connect with industry.  

“The key area of gaming is one which is in need of more high-skilled graduates and this programme will equip its participants with the skills that are needed in the marketplace,” Moore added.

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John Kennedy
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