Game Anglia announces the launch of the ScreenSkills Navee Games Mentorship Programme, in association with Game Anglia

Game Anglia aims to increase games industry opportunities in the East of England

Ipswich, Suffolk: Game Anglia is excited to launch the ScreenSkills Navee Games Mentorship Programme, a stand-alone mentoring programme which will grow and support the games industry in the East of England. The programme, supported by ScreenSkills as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using funds from the National Lottery, will match up 30 local entry and early-level game developers with experienced games industry professionals from around the UK, acting as mentors to share their knowledge and experience. Mentors and Mentees can apply in the second round of recruiting by the 1st of October.

To qualify, mentors and mentees will fill in a form asking questions about their professional expertise and personal preferences, as well as socio-economic data which will be used by the team to match the mentors and mentees. The mentorship programme will take place across a minimum of 12 hours over a 6 month period for each pair. Throughout the mentorship, each mentor will guide their mentee towards the creation of a personalised Professional Development Plan.

Mentors and mentees can use any online tools to manage and run their relationship, with additional support provided by Game Anglia and choice partners such as Limit Break (a mentorship program aimed at underrepresented people working in the UK games industry) in the form of online workshops.

We are honoured to be working with ScreenSkills to deliver the Navee Games Mentorship Programme,” said Mark Backler, Co-Director of Game Anglia. “The programme will help continue our mission to grow and highlight the amazing and diverse games industry professionals based in the East of England. We’re excited to provide a conduit with the wider UK games industry using a programme designed for meaningful connections, growth and accountability.

Jane Saunders, ScreenSkills mentoring network manager, said: “We are pleased to be working with Game Anglia on supporting newer talent in games to benefit from the insight of experienced industry professionals through mentoring. We know this can be a fantastic way to help people develop their confidence, networks and skills.

The aims of the Navee Programme are to:
– Encourage professional networking and increase the scope of industry-specific opportunities for East of England game development professionals beyond the region
– Increase the participants’ confidence in their practice and skills and empower them to take risks
– Knowledge share game development practices in different areas of the industry that may not be immediately apparent within the regional game development scene
– Maintain retention of diverse talent within the East of England games industry and encourage its growth into senior and managerial positions
– Facilitate the establishment and growth of studios and supporting companies based in the region, providing a foundation for further local development

Learn more about the ScreenSkills Navee Games Mentorship Programme and how to apply as a mentor or a mentee on the website: http://www.gameanglia.co.uk/navee-mentorship/ or join the “Meet the Team” event on the 5th of October, online from 5:30PM: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-team-navee-game-mentorship-programme-tickets-169229725665

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Game Anglia is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that helps the young people and independent game developers in the East of England get the connections, skills and experience needed to succeed in the UK-wide and international game development industry.

Contact Details: Robin Milton (robin.milton@gameanglia.co.uk)

About ScreenSkills
ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the screen industries – film, television (including children’s, unscripted and high-end), VFX, animation and games.
We are supporting future innovation and growth across the whole of the UK by investing in the skilled and inclusive workforce who are critical to the global success of the screen sector.
We are funded by industry contributions to our Skills Funds, by the BFI with National Lottery funds awarded as part of its Future Film Skills programme to help people get into the industry and progress within it, and by Arts Council England.
www.screenskills.com


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