Train2Game News Women in Games aiming to double females in industry

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The women in games organisation, Women in Games WIGJ, announced today that its core objective is to double the number of women in games working in the UK and European Games Industry by 2025.

The organisation recently reviewed its strategy with a group of interested parties including representatives from several publishers and developers and has identified a layer of initiatives that will be revealed in the coming weeks and months to accelerate the movement towards this goal. WIGJ is already in discussion with a number of industry groups including Ukie and STEMNET and hopes to collaborate with as many other interested parties as possible to make this dream a reality.

The Women in Games WIGJ network is open to both women and men. WIGJ believes firmly that encouraging more talented girls and young women to consider a career in the games industry will not be at the expense of others. The games industry needs to hire the most talented, creative people to compete with other industries in tech and the media. The games industry in the UK and throughout Europe is generating many new jobs though tax breaks and the continued growth of new formats. The growth of the games sector will create additional opportunities for all.

Recently appointed CEO, Jenny Richards-Stewart commented, “More girls and women playing games mean more women are interested in working in the games industry but we should not assume that this will solve the current gender imbalance without the industry doing more to welcome a more diverse workforce. Intel working with the IGDA demonstrated in January a significant commitment to bring more women and other diverse talent to the tech and games industries.  We want more companies to step forward on issues of diversity and inspire the next generation of talent .The games industry in the UK and Europe is keen to do more and we are here to help. We want the games industry to get behind this goal. ”

Dr Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie, said “Women represent 52% of regular players in the UK, but they only make up a small proportion of the games industry workforce, far behind other creative sectors. We have a shared responsibility as an industry to take action to ensure a diversity of people are inspired into a career in our sector from a young age, and stay in the sector. We are doing that via our Digital Schoolhouse programme as well as through the Video Game Ambassador scheme, and we actively encourage a diverse range of people to put themselves up for Ukie Board election and to speak at events.”

To find out more visit http://www.womeningamesjobs.com/

Train2Game News Babcock Vacancies

Babcock-logoSkills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge e-learning and games-based (‘Serious Games’) learning solutions.
Job Description
Lead 3D Generalist/Artist
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge, game-based e-learning (‘Serious Games’) solutions. We are looking for a 3D Lead 3D Generalist / Artist to join our growing 3D team and be part of one the driving forces behind Skills2Learn’s success. The lead 3D artist will be overseeing a team of 3D modellers & animators that will be producing renders for e-learning programmes.
Using the latest online technologies, we develop engaging, fully interactive, award winning virtual reality computer based training programmes that are used by a wide range of commercial companies around the world, such (British Gas, Centrica, National Grid, Saudi Aramco) and educational establishments all over the UK.

Responsibilities
Lead, Manage & Mentor and 3D Artist’s.
Resolve problems and find solutions to technical 3D challenges
Lead production and team meetings.
Implement constructive feedback and art direction effectively.
Strong ability to model/texture/animate/light
Highly proficient in 3D Studio Max and Photoshop.
Protecting assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

Advantage to have knowledge of:
o Unity 3D or similar games engine.
o Creating characters using DAZ 3D.
o Video editing using Camtasia/After effects/Premiere.
o Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)

Qualifications & Requirements
Strong technical and creative 3D background with ability to grasp new programs and systems quickly.
Technical minded individual with an interest in engineering / Hard surface modelling.
Understanding of Hard surface modelling techniques, with an interest in vehicles and Mechanical based assets.
Proven leader teams including 3D artists and animators
Strong communication and time management skills.
Problem solving abilities.
Ability to adapt and strengthen workflows if required.
Be creative and have an eye for detail.
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Work effectively as part of a team or individually.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Send us a cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations. An up-to-date CV and evidence of work (3D modelling and texturing showing mesh detail).
Please Note: Applications without a portfolio will not be considered.

APPLY HERE

Job Description
3D Animator/Artist
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge, game-based e-learning (‘Serious Games’) solutions. We are looking for a 3D Animator / Artist to join our growing 3D team and be part of one the driving forces behind Skills2Learn’s success. The 3D animator will be animating 3D models to producing render sequences for e-learning programmes.

Using the latest online technologies, we develop engaging, fully interactive, award winning virtual reality computer based training programmes that are used by a wide range of commercial companies around the world, such (British Gas, Centrica, National Grid, Saudi Aramco) and educational establishments all over the UK.

Responsibilities
Animate realistic objects using 3D Studio Max.
Proficient using animation tools in 3D Studio Max.
Basic modelling & texturing using 3D Studio Max.

Advantage to have knowledge of:
o Character animation – bvh, skin modifier, skin weighting.
o Unity 3D or similar games engine.
o Creating characters using DAZ 3D.
o Video editing using Camtasia/After effects/Premiere.
o Understand the FBX export restrictions for game engines.
o Lighting principles & rendering

Qualifications & Requirements
Technically minded individual with interest in engineering.
Interest in vehicles and mechanical animation.
Knowledge of animation for game engines.
Problem solving abilities.
Accuracy and attention to detail.
Be creative and have an eye for detail.
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Work effectively as part of a team or individually.
Good communication skills.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Send us a cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations. An up-to-date CV and evidence of work (3D modelling and texturing showing mesh detail).
Please Note: Applications without a portfolio will not be considered.

APPLY HERE

Job Description
3D Modeller/Artist
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge, game-based e-learning (‘Serious Games’) solutions. We are looking for a 3D Modeller / Artist to join our growing 3D team and be part of one the driving forces behind Skills2Learn’s success. The 3D modeller will be modelling objects in 3D and producing renders for e-learning programmes.

Using the latest online technologies, we develop engaging, fully interactive, award winning virtual reality computer based training programmes that are used by a wide range of commercial companies around the world, such (British Gas, Centrica, National Grid, Saudi Aramco) and educational establishments all over the UK.

Responsibilities
Model and texture 3D objects assets and environments.
Proficient using 3D Studio Max.
Proficient using Photoshop.
Light scenes & rendering using Mental Ray.
Produce high quality / photorealistic renders.
Advantage to have knowledge of:
Basic animation principles
Unity 3D or similar games engine.
3D Asset optimisation for Game Engines.
Creating characters using DAZ 3D.
Video editing using Camtasia/After effects/Premiere.

Qualifications & Requirements
Ability to create realistic based assets via photographic reference with correct Scales/dimensions.
Technically minded individual with interest in Engineering based design.
Understanding of Hard surface modelling techniques, with an interest in vehicles and Mechanical based assets.
Accuracy and attention to detail.
Problem solving abilities.
Be creative and have an eye for detail.
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Work effectively as part of a team or individually.
Good communication skills.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Send us a cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations. An up-to-date CV and evidence of work (3D modelling and texturing showing mesh detail).
Please Note: Applications without a portfolio will not be considered.

APPLY HERE

Project Manager
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic business based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge e-learning and games-based, e-learning (‘Serious Games’) and Virtual Reality solutions.
We have an exciting opportunity for a project manager / co-ordinator to oversee resource and project planning, manage projects and ensure that they are delivered on time and on budget.

Responsibilities:
Monitoring, planning. scheduling and reporting on projects
Project management of e-learning and 3D/VR training & assessment based programmes
Liaising with suppliers, internal and external stakeholders
Managing the review & sign off process required to move projects forward on schedule
Tracking of project spend and maintaining tight control of the budget
Working closely with clients to request, review and provide feedback on project information
Co-ordinating development team members
Define and schedule of tasks of the project and produces Project Plan
Identify issues and resolve by implementing counter measures as appropriate
Ensure quality of project deliverables
Protecting assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

Qualifications & Requirements:
Experience in project management / co-ordination of e-learning or software development
Relevant Qualification or training
Experience of managing a team
Experience of project co-ordination in e-learning, software development or similar field is very beneficial
Excellent organisational skills
Highly proficient in Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/Project)
Ability to multi-task and prioritise
Adaptable to project requirements
Exceptional written and communication skills.
People skills to lead, direct and motivate team members

Security:
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location:
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information:
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information:
Please include a detailed CV with a full work history. Please also ensure you provide an explanation for any gaps in employment.

APPLY HERE

Job Description
Graphic/Multimedia Developer
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge e-learning and games-based (‘Serious Games’) learning solutions.
We are looking for a Graphic/Multimedia Developer to join the multimedia team and get involved in creating the dynamic and innovative e-learning. You will develop a range of creative e-learning solutions for multiple platforms and delivery channels.

Responsibilities
Creating e-learning content using a range of tools
Create and animate graphics.
Design and develop highly interactive learning content.
Adapting and modifying existing project code.
Work alongside development teams.
Work to deadlines and budgets.
Research new technologies and methods.
Protecting assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

Qualifications & Requirements
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite software such as Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver.
Good graphical design skills.
Knowledge of rapid e-learning tools such as Articulate Captivate is very desirable
Experience of Actionscript/JavaScript programming is desirable
Web design experience desirable (HTML/Javascript/CSS)
Problem solving abilities.
Accuracy and attention to detail.
Be creative and have an eye for detail.
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Work effectively as part of a team or individually.
Good communication skills.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations.

An up-to-date CV and portfolio of work (personal or professional images or showreel).
Please Note: Applications without a portfolio will not be considered

APPLY HERE

Job Description
Instructional Designer
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Month

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge e-learning and games-based (‘Serious Games’) learning solutions.

We are looking for a talented Instructional Designer to fill a key role in a creative team. You will design inventive e-learning and simulation/scenario based learning experiences that push the boundaries of digital training.
The role requires a technically oriented, creative and motivated individual with an e-learning background.

Responsibilities
Create engaging e-learning scripts and simulation/scenario storyboards.
Author assessment questions for course materials.
Training Needs Analysis and development of learning objectives where required.
Collaborate with Subject Matter Experts, clients and the development team.
Review scripts to ensure quality and consistency throughout.
Work co-operatively with all levels in the organisation to ensure instructional design standards are maintained.
Work to deadlines and budgets.
Protecting assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

Qualifications & Requirements
A strong understanding of and a passion for eLearning and Learning Technologies
Proven track record of designing and delivering e-learning.
Strong technical and creative design knowledge.
Experience of instructional design for technical subjects is desirable
Excellent written and spoken English.
Excellent communication and client facing skills.
Understanding of e-learning development tools and delivery.
Ability to script e-learning in varying styles appropriate to the subject, target audience and technical constraints.
Accuracy and attention to detail (excellent quality assurance).
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Superior time management and multi-tasking skills.
Ability to understand and work within technical constraints.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements.

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Send a cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations.

An up-to-date CV and evidence of work (personal or professional scripts or storyboards).
Due to the high level of response we normally receive, if you have not heard from us within 6 weeks please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

APPLY HERE

Job Description
Lead ELearning/Multimedia Developer
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

We are looking for an experienced Lead E-Learning/Multimedia Developer to join the multimedia team and get involved in creating the dynamic and highly innovative e-learning. You will lead the development of a range of creative e-learning solutions for multiple platforms and delivery channels.

Responsibilities
Creating e-learning content using a range of tools
Create and animate graphics.
Lead the design and development highly interactive learning content.
Adapting and modifying existing project code.
Co-ordinate with other team members and managers
Work to deadlines and budgets.
Research new technologies and methods.
Oversee and manage other team members
Ensure high production values are maintained
Protecting assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

Qualifications & Requirements
Knowledge of rapid e-learning tools such as Articulate Captivate / Articulate Storyline
Understanding of good instruction design principles
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite software such as Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver.
Good graphical design skills.
Experience of Actionscript/JavaScript programming is desirable
Team leadership skills
Problem solving abilities.
Accuracy and attention to detail.
Be creative and have an eye for detail.
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Work effectively as part of a team or individually.
Good communication skills.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Send us a cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations.

An up-to-date CV and portfolio of work (personal or professional images or showreel).
Please Note: Applications without a portfolio will not be considered.

APPLY HERE

Train2Game news: EA’s advice on getting your first job in the games industry

Train2Game students can get some useful advice on getting a job in the games industry, in the latest instalment of EA’s ‘Breaking into the industry’ feature.

It provides advice from EA University Relations Specialist Iris Lin on how to get noticed when looking for that first job, even if you don’t have any ‘real-life’ experience of working in a games development studio.

“We understand that the majority of students don’t have any real life experience so early on in their careers, so details on school projects are very important.” said Lin discussing how to get noticed as a school leaver.

“Showing an interest in the gaming industry is important as well. Activities they are involved with outside of school are important too, such as game clubs and conferences and seminars they attend.”

She added that being patient and hardworking are key to securing that all important first job in the industry.

“Start with something little and build a strong foundation of your craft. It doesn’t matter if you are a software engineer or an artist.” said Lin.

“Be patient and don’t be discouraged by the rejections. No one is great overnight. Have an open mind and be a hard-working person, and with a great attitude you will get far.” the University Relations Specialist added.

The full Breaking into the Industry feature with Iris Lin is right here on the EA website.

Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning Producer Benjamin Smith, Dead Space 2 game designer Brian Bartram, and EA Environment Artist Phillip Simmons are among those that have previously spoken to The EA blog, providing advice on how to get into the industry.

There’s more advice from industry professionals on getting into the industry right here on The Train2Game Blog.

As usual, leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.