THE Irish animation and games industry is facing an acute skills shortage, with nearly half of companies citing recruitment and staffing as their main business concern. In response, a new programme has been launched to encourage graduates to consider careers in the sector.
Thirteen students from Ballyfermot College are participating in 'The Bridge', which is based in the Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin, a community of more than 300 entrepreneurs. The initiative is a collaboration with industry heavyweights Havok, JAM Media, Brown Bag Films and Riot Games.
According to its organisers, the demand for talent in the sector now far outweighs supply, with many companies forced to hire animators outside of Ireland to support their work. Employment in the Irish-based video games industry has increased 91pc since 2009, to 3,344 workers, and has generated revenues of €2bn since 2001. The Bridge is designed to provide participants with workplace and industry experience that would otherwise take years to gain.
The graduates will work on projects like short films, adverts, TV pilots, trailers for pitches and video games.