Twenty young South Australians have the chance to develop their creative talents through the games and screen industries under a new $140,000 State Government initiative.
The new project features work-based training, with participants completing a Diploma in Digital and Interactive Games or a Diploma of Screen and Media, delivered by the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE).
Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni said: “This Skilling South Australia project will support 20 participants under a ‘like apprenticeship’ model in the creative industries – targeting digital and interactive games and visual effects, two fast growing sectors in South Australia.”
“The trial is the first time ‘like apprenticeships’ will be used in this industry, where people gain skills by working directly with an employer relevant to the qualification, similar to a traditional apprenticeship,” Mr Pisoni said.
The work placements will be for two to three days per week, for at least five months this year at leading digital and screen businesses. AIE will provide each participant and their employer with 15 hours of mentoring and supervisory support during the work placement.
Applicants must have successfully completed a Certificate III Screen & Media or a Certificate III Information, Digital Media and Technology.
Academy of Interactive Entertainment Head of School Ann-Maree Davies said the focus of the project was to provide pathways to students.
“We want to ensure that the students have a positive experience as much as the employer, hence placements will commence after the students have spent some time with our teachers who all have at least five years industry experience,” Ms Davies said.
“Industry placements are either with employers in the games industry or industries that have a need for simulation or virtual reality/augmented reality experiences.
“The students will be placed in an environment that both interests them as well as providing them with an opportunity to seek potential pathways once they have completed their studies.
“An AIE teacher will be supporting the students out on their placement to assist them with their technical skills but we will also assist with soft skills such as communication, working with groups and working in a corporate or studio environment.
“We find there is a huge gap in both skills and knowledge in industries outside the creative industries around VR/AR.
“Many employers who have seen VR used at expos or online see it as an opportunity to be innovative and incorporate it in their own company, and come to us as they don’t have the skills. This is where we can help industries outside of the games sector.”
For more information, call 1800 673 097 or visit vet.skills.sa.gov.au