The Source opens its doors to help young get a job in half-term

Academy Developers

Sheffield charity The Source Skills Academy is giving South Yorkshire’s young people a chance to use their half-term break to find jobs… and still enjoy a computer game or two.

Since Monday, The academy on Meadowhall Way is running a SuperRecruitment Week, aimed at getting young jobless and students not wanting to continue college or A level courses into apprenticeships or placements on the government’s Kickstart scheme.

Education sector research predicts an imminent departure of students from sixth form or college courses started in September.

“It’s vital these young people don’t end up unemployed or in dead-end jobs. We have apprenticeship jobs offering real career potential waiting at leading local businesses. We urge young people to come to this event,” said Dale Robinson, director of Business Development.

Attendees can talk with advisors about their futures and apply for over 75 apprenticeship jobs in IT, Admin Office, Customer Service, Hospitably, Warehousing, Marketing and Care.

Local companies attending include award-winning Sheffield videogame developer Sumo-Digital.

Launched in 2003, the company has made ground-breaking games for Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega and employs over 750 in the UK, Poland and India.

Jake Habgood, Sumo’s Director of Education Partnerships, will be explaining the range of games industry careers and how to get into them.

Attendees can try their hand at Sumo’s double BAFTA 2021 award-winning PlayStation 5 game Sackboy and a new version of 1990s Sheffield-made classic Zool, which has been remade by students of the Sumo-Digital Academy, a postgraduate apprenticeship scheme for game programmers.

The academy, a new industry initiative, is currently aimed at graduates of non-games degrees.

“It’s a shame that it’s become the norm to have a degree to get into our industry. Many of our senior people at Sumo began developing games for Gremlin in Sheffield in the 1980s. They didn’t have degrees, but they were hugely talented”, said Jake

“We are growing a relationship with The Source to help build pathways into the industry for the young talent we know still exists in South Yorkshire.”

The Source’s event runs 10pm-3pm, it’s free to attend and there’s no need to book a place.

A ground floor IT suite will be available for anyone wanting to search for jobs or prepare CVs and today, 10pm-2pm, staff will be helping people into paid six-month placements on the government’s Kickstart scheme.

For more information or to apply for a vacancy, contact Amanda Smith on 0114 2635721.

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