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If you live in the West of England and want to work with the latest technologies, then this is the right place for you. NextGen Futures – West of England is designed to fast-track skills development and support employment in the local creative digital economy.


Skills in games-tech programming, including Unity and Unreal Engine, are increasingly in-demand across games, VR, AR, animation, VFX, architecture, manufacturing, and automation companies worldwide. 

This NextGen Futures Bootcamp in games-tech programming is in response to the growth of these companies in the West of England, and related skills shortages reported by these employers. Successful candidates will learn the up-to-date skills needed to succeed in these fast moving and exciting sectors.  

The bootcamp is free to all trainees, and includes:

  • Approx. 160 hours of remote learning. 10 hours a week, 3 hours tutor-led lessons and 7 hours studying in your own time on tutor set tasks 

  • 16 weeks of teaching from Sept 21 to Jan 22

  • Masterclasses taught by experienced industry professionals

  • Online learning with experienced tutors, plus face-to-face networking and events

  • Support for disadvantaged learners

The course has been developed by NextGen Skills Academy, Opposable Games and TechSpark, and is funded by the West of England Combined Authority's Digital Skills Investment Programme. NextGen Futures provides trainees with a rapid route into employment in a variety of exciting careers with local games and technology employers working on a global stage. 


Candidates will need to be aged 19 or over and must be resident in the West of England Combined Authority area, defined as living within the local authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire (map below). You can also find your local authority by entering your postcode here

We believe in inclusivity. The aim for all of our courses is to open up training opportunities for everyone as we work to make our industries truly reflect the society we live in. We welcome applications from those whose background or characteristics are underrepresented in the creative industries.

The COVID pandemic has been tough for everyone, as part of the local recovery programme the course is open to all individuals currently unemployed and residents that have lost employment/income/education due to COVID-19.


As the NextGen Futures Bootcamp is focused on improving employment prospects, all candidates must have a right to work and remain in the UK at the time of application. 

Candidates will also need to be able to commit to taking part in the 16 week remote bootcamp, with an expected time commitment of 10 hours a week (3 hours tutor-led lessons and 7 hours studying in your own time), from September 2021 – January 2022 (exact dates TBC).





Applications are now closed for the NextGen Futures - West of England Bootcamp. Thank you to everyone who applied, we will be in touch soon with the outcome of your application. 

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