Thursday, 26 July 2012

Digital Games industry group can build on existing collaborations

Digital Games industry group can build on existing collaborations
– Discover Science & Engineering

26th July 2012 - Discover Science & Engineering (DSE) welcomes the launch yesterday by Minister Richard Bruton TD of an industry-led group to drive the development of the digital games sector and the creation of additional jobs there.

In its terms of reference, which are built on the 2011 Forfas report on the jobs in the games sector, the development of talent and in particular the nurturing of technical skills was identified as a key challenge for Ireland to address.

DSE is actively engaged in a number of initiatives to stimulate the take up of maths and other technology and engineering related subjects at second level. During 2011, in conjunction with industry it established the Smart Futures programme which is explicitly focussed on promoting career opportunities in the broader technology sector in Ireland.

Dr. Graham Love, Director of DSE and Policy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) said “Smart Futures highlights the value of collaboration with and across industry. It is effective as a means of showcasing the opportunities for employment that exist and can be created in this market. We look forward to engaging with the Digital Games development group to ensure the benefit of the existing collaboration is effectively harnessed in support of the Group’s objectives.”