The Navee Game Mentorship Programme

About

The Navee Game Mentorship Programme by Game Anglia is a 6-month mentorship programme focusing on pairing juniors in the East of England’s game industry with seniors from the games industry, with the purpose of mentoring for professional development. Each mentor/mentee pair will create together a Personal Growth Plan for the mentee by the end of the 6 months, following a template we will provide.

The Navee Mentorship programme is a joint initiative from ScreenSkills and GameAnglia to support and develop games industry talent in the East of England. It is an opportunity for established professionals in the industry to give back and mentor those in the early stages of their career. We are keen to ensure that the Navee Mentorship Cohort has an inclusive and diverse range of mentors and mentees. We will be seeking to match mentors and mentees in pairs which will complement their backgrounds, skills and expertise. For more information on the programme please contact robin.milton@gameanglia.co.uk

Benefits / Requirement

Mentees

By taking part in the Navee Mentorship Programme, mentees will benefit from one to one professional advice from someone in a relevant industry position. It offers a supportive environment for you to ask questions you might be putting off and gives you the direction and vision to work towards your career goals. In order to be eligible for a place on the mentoring programme;

  • You or the company you work for needs to be based in the East of England; Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk or Suffolk.
  • You need to be in an entry level or early stage of your career.

Mentors

Mentors will be those who are keen to give back to the games community and foster upcoming diverse talent. You will be pivotal in ensuring that those at the earliest stages of their career have a clear roadmap for development and advancement in their chosen roles. By taking part in the mentoring programme you will be supporting the games industry of the East of England, ensuring that key games talent flourishes in this region. In order to be eligible to mentor on the programme;

  • You would class yourself as being at an “Experienced” level of your career using the examples in the FAQ below.

Project Timeline

1st September First round registration deadline
First round registration deadline

Applications for the first round of the programme need to be in place before 1st September. To apply, fill out the google form linked on this site and our team will be in touch - places are limited.

1st October Second round registration deadline
Second round registration deadline

Applications for the second round of the programme need to be in place before 1st October. To apply, fill out the google form linked on this site and our team will be in touch - places are limited.

5th October Introductory Online Event
Introductory Online Event
We will host an online event to introduce those interested in the mentoring programme to what they can expect and offer them a chance to meet some of the team organising the programme.
12th October Mentorship Training
Mentorship Training
Deadline for Mentors signing up to the programme. Mentorship Training for all mentors will take place on 12th October, providing information on what to expect as a mentor and offering vital advice and guidance on the process.
1st November Final round registration deadline
Final round registration deadline

Applications for the final round of the programme need to be in place before 1st November. To apply, fill out the google form linked on this site and our team will be in touch places are limited.

April 2022 In person event (Date TBC)
In person event (Date TBC)

We will be hosting (all being well) an in-person event to allow mentors and mentees to meet one another and network.

31st May 2022 End of mentorship programme
End of mentorship programme

The programme will wrap up with all mentor/mentee pairs having completed their Personal Growth Plans and minimum of 12hrs of 121 sessions.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Mentee FAQ

ENTRY STAGE
You would describe yourself as one or more of the following:

  • You may have left full-time education within the last two years.
  • You are still working out your career goals and path, but you know that you want to work within the games industry.
  • You are working towards your first couple of professional production credits or full-time employed roles in the industry.

EARLY STAGE
You would describe yourself as one or more of the following:

  • Worked in an industry-relevant role for one or more years
  • Worked in a freelance / contract capacity on one or more industry-relevant projects
  • Working a role which is not currently relevant to your career goals but with independent experience outside of this on industry-relevant projects
  • You have one or more credits in a published title (including self-publishing on a public platform such as Itch.io, the Google Play Store, Apple App Store or Steam)

Mentor FAQ

You would describe yourself as one or more of the following:

  • You have been working in your industry recognised chosen job role for a number of years
  • You have been working in your chosen job role in a freelance / contract capacity for several projects.
  • You have advanced skills in the games industry or have advanced skills from another relevant sector and have recently transferred to the games industry.
  • You have multiple credits in published titles (including self-publishing on a public platform such as Itch.io, the Google Play Store, Apple App Store or Steam)
  • You have supported or been responsible for other members of your team or department.
  • You have previous experience mentoring.
The mentorship programme will take place across a minimum of 12 hours over a 6 month period before the end of May 2022. The scheduling of mentoring sessions will be decided on by each pair of mentors/mentees.

If you fit one or more of the “Experienced” examples and are keen to help people in the early stages of their career, we would love for you to register your interest on this site. Although the mentoring is centred around mentees companies or location being based in the East of England, mentors can be based elsewhere.

Mentees will be asked to engage with all aspects of the programme including the creation of a Personal Growth Plan in collaboration with their mentor. They will take part in any workshop or activity in association with the programme. Mentoring will mostly take place online and so mentees will need to have access to video conferencing facilities.

Mentors will be asked to engage with all aspects of the programme including supporting the process of creating a Personal Growth Plan for their mentee. They will take part in any workshop or activity in association with the programme including mentoring training provided by Limit Break. Mentoring will mostly take place online and so mentors will need to have access to video conferencing facilities.