NextGen Futures London was an 8-week intensive industry-backed training programme that ran in the summers of 2018 and 2019. Funded by the Greater London Authority, the programme delivered an opportunity for Londoners aged 18 to 24 to gain the skills and experience needed to enter the visual effects, animation and post-production industry.
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The programme and curriculum were developed by NextGen Skills Academy in partnership with Westminster Kingsway College and supported by industry partners. Participants were taught at ZeroOne in Soho using industry standard technology and equipment in a real creative studio. The intense 8-week programme featured a mix of industry masterclasses, workshops, and events with experienced industry professionals and tutors.
Opportunities with some of the UK's biggest studios
The programme garnered industry support from some of the World’s leading VFX studios, with bootcamp participants touring and speaking to artists at ILM, Union VFX, Jellyfish Pictures, Cinesite, and Framestore. Following 8-week bootcamp all participants went onto paid three-month internships in leading studios, setting them up for their entry into the creative industries.
Simon Devereux – Formerly Group Head of L&D at The Mill, now Talent Development & Learning Manager at PlayStation said of the bootcamps:
“It has been fantastic to be involved in the NextGen Futures Bootcamp from the early planning meetings, through to seeing the graduates getting on with their work placements. The quality of the students coming through the programme has been nothing short of impressive, both in terms of their work, approach and attitude. Personally, I am looking forward to following the career trajectory of all involved!”
Leaving a legacy of industry trained young creatives
The graduates of NextGen Futures went on to the next steps of their career confident with the industry-taught skills and experience secured through the bootcamps. Some candidates went on to further training with highly-competitive VFX Apprenticeships, while others started rewarding careers in the creative industries.
For more details on the NextGen Futures London bootcamps please contact Dominic O'Farrell at Westminster Kingsway College on: firstname.lastname@example.org.