Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Task 5 – Progression Training

Digital and Social Media Apprenticeship

Web Development Apprentice


Weekly wage


Working week

40 hours Mon - Fri 9 - 5

Apprenticeship duration

At least 12 months
With this apprenticeship the business is seeking for an exceptional new member to join its friendly team in a role that promises much to the right candidate. If you are ready to learn, have a passion for web development and are prepared to go the extra mile then we would like to meet you. We are looking for a talented coder who wants to excel their skills in developing websites and applications. 
You will have plenty of opportunity to learn on the job, so we’re looking for the brightest applicants with a real ambition to learn new things every day. There are plenty of
opportunities for this role to become more specialised, however in the beginning it is expected that tasks will be of a more general nature which will help you understand all areas of the business life. 
Enthusiasm for learning and gaining new skills through training opportunities is essential. The skills required are 
  • A team player that can work under instruction and contribute your own ideas
  • Fast learner who will thrive off new skills and always looking for solutions
  • Friendly and tolerant, relaxed by nature but driven by knowledge
  • Assisting in the design, development and content management of websites and online applications
  • Helping with the planning and scoping of projects

Digital Marketing Apprentice


Weekly wage £153.85

Working week 40 Hours Paid Monday - Friday

Apprenticeship duration 12 - 15 Months

With this apprenticeship this in an excellent opportunity, as we are looking for someone to develop long-term in the business, and will learn a wide variety of different skills. 
Company overview 
Creative Moose produces video content that can be used on websites, social media sites and across marketing and communication strategies. 
Once your video has been produced we will help you to distribute your content around the web. Our unique approach combines the power of online video with cutting edge social media strategies tailored towards sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. 
From large enterprises to small businesses, nonprofits to brand marketers, educational institutions to governments; we offer a range of video and social media solutions designed to fit all business objectives. Our effective strategies are designed to engage audiences, drive traffic and boost your online presence. 
Role Description 
The Apprentice will be supported to carry out the following duties:
  • Manage business social media profile
  • Develop and maintain Social Media profiles for the business
  • Build followers and increase engagement across all social media platforms
  • Carry out Search Engine Optimisation
  • Maintain company website content
  • Image editing – cropping, resizing, other Photoshop work
The required skills are: 
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills

Social Media & Digital Marketing Apprentice


Weekly wage


Working week

37.5 hours, shifts TBC

Apprenticeship duration

12 months
Level 3 Estio IT Apprenticeships 
Social Media & Digital Marketing Apprentice 
£3.30 per hour 
  • To make a significant contribution toward the delivery of commercial strategy along with helping the Commercial Manager executes the ‘Customer and Results’ element of the Balanced Score Card.
  • To provide outstanding customer service support to key stakeholders, including the Directors, Staff and Associate Trainers and to business clients, customers and delegates.
  • Supporting the development and delivery of the company’s Social Media strategy, which includes managing the business website, updating Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, and editing and administrating Blogs, Corporate New letter and website content.
  • The design of marketing collateral such as marketing emails, advertisements and flyers to support the marketing and sales plan for the business.
  • Filming and production of video content and client testimonials.

Required Skills

  • An ability to manage and set up processes, with attention to detail and for accuracy.
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to interact well with clients and suppliers over the phone, in writing and face to face.       
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Ability to work in a team and contribute to the overall success of corporate strategy and performance.
  • An ability to think creatively and find new ways to deliver business, and improve processes and systems.
  • Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • A good understanding of technology, including competence in using Microsoft Office applications and other software.
  • Minimum C in Maths, English and ITC at GCSE. With a minimum of 5 GCSE’s in any subject at C or above.

Web-content - Apprentice


Weekly wage


Working week

Monday – Friday, 37 hours per week

Apprenticeship duration

12-15 months
We are looking for Web-content  Apprentices to join the Media College’s Marketing and Business Development team. We require new members of staff at our Centre based at The Stadium at Leigh Sports Village. We are looking to fill two posts. 
The lucky candidate will have a vital role to play in helping us achieve our mission to improve lives and economic success through education, learning and skills development. All potential applicants will be required to take part in an Assessment Centre which will take place (date to be announced). 
To work under the instruction/guidance of the Marketing Officer and Leaderships team. The post holder will provide support and assistance across various departments and project within the Marketing and Business Development team. A strong focus on the many different websites within the Expanse Groups portfolio. 
Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • To provide support and assistance across various departments and project within the Marketing and Business Development team.
  • To help with general project tasks; which may involve working across project management, digital and Marketing Communications
  • To offer creative input and suggestions when required
  • To prepare material for external clients and partners collating samples and visuals (etc.)
  • To upload and update websites, (etc.)
  • To handle a range of digital media, process photographs, upload videos and manage online content
  • To manage databases, keeping your datasets clean and fresh
  • To liaise with external agencies, 
  • To carry out research and analysis on behalf of team requirements, leadership team and the college
  • To attend and assist in the planning of events
  • To develop your organisational skills, formulate a content calendar, manage timelines and report on issues / trends
  • To assist in the production of marketing materials in varied formats.

Required skills

  • Knowledge of websites, 
  • Wordpress, willing to learn new platforms, 
  • Work to brief
  • Design skills
  • Aware of front end and back end 
  • Some knowledge of HTML, 
  • Able to work apple products, platforms, 

Game Artist Apprentice


Weekly wage


Working week

Monday- Friday 9-5pm, 35 hours per week

Apprenticeship duration

24 months
As a game artist you will learn how to build and texture worlds and characters for games using industry standard 3D tools. Bring your characters to life using animation or motion capture techniques, and utilize lighting, shading and effects in modern game engines. 
You will also learn about subjects such as digital colour, style consistency, user interfaces - and of course, teamwork skills to last you a lifetime.

Desired skills

  • Skills in traditional art or media - that you know how to paint, sculpt, or design and have an understanding of perspective, value, form, function, colour, lighting, composition, etc.
  • Technical knowledge in graphics-related software - thorough understanding of a 3D application such as Maya, 3D Studio Max or Blender
  • Prior experience scripting or modding games and 3D software is also meriting
  • Basic IT skills essential

Personal qualities

  • Self-motivated and driven
  • Passion for games

Task 4 – Progression – Higher Education.

Games Design (2 years)

University of Bolton
The University of Bolton was one of the first in the country to offer games-based courses and our experience covers games programming, games design and games art. We have over 11 years experience in the delivery of dedicated games courses. We have a large number of staff who are passionate about games and dedicated to teaching the subject. Our team includes a balance of academic and industrial experience. Members of the team have worked in AAA studios, have run their own studios, have authored books and are conducting international-facing research. The programme covers games analysis and games design, platforms and technologies, content production, testing, usability and playability, sales and marketing, and games production. It provides a broad study of games, with an emphasis on innovation, design and creativity rather than the programming and technical aspects. The focus is team-based projects, with regular critique sessions with your peers and members of the games team. You will be taught by enthusiastic staff who actually play games! In addition, our staff include industry experts who know exactly what is required for a career in games design. Our facilities include dedicated games labs including quad processor PCs installed with current games development environments, state-of-the-art 3D graphics cards, XBOX 360s and Playstation 3s ensuring you have access to the tools you need to create a high quality portfolio of work ready to impress potential employers.

Computer Games Design (3 Years)

The University of Gloucestershire
Design, create and market computer games. As a TIGA-affiliated and CompTIA Academy degree, this course is recognised by the industry’s trade associations. You’ll visit international games events and present your work to industry professionals.

Computer Games Design (4 Years)

The University of Huddersfield 

The course covers the creative aspects of games design and development and provides opportunities for you to specialise in more complex aspects of game and level design or games art at later stages of the course. You’ll be supported in developing, designing, planning and creating game ideas and concepts. You’ll also have the opportunity to produce and integrate artwork and graphical assets for computer games. We introduce current issues and ideas and emerging technologies used by the games industry throughout the course. The games courses benefit from our industry partnerships and we run an active programme of industry guest speakers. Previous speakers have included art directors, animators, illustrators and designers who work freelance and from companies including Rockstar, Formerdroid and Realtime UK. This course offers you the chance to spend a year working in industry and we have a Placement Unit team that can support you in your search for a placement position. The University also has a number of placement positions are available in our in-house games development studio to help facilitate this. Our ‘Canalside Studios’ gives placement students the opportunity to work as part of a team developing games for a range of platforms including Xbox Live Arcade, iPhone and Android. Past students have also developed software with the NHS, The Royal Armouries and the West Yorkshire Fire Service. Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team.

Games Design (2 years)

The University of Salford
You will study games design and explore the professional skills necessary to pursue employment in the Games industry. You will study in MediaCity and engage in work based experience relevant to your programme of study.The qualification is aimed at those who wish to pursue freelance work or employment in a range of careers in the games design industry. Foundation degrees are a good stepping stone for students who wish to pursue BA (Hons) Degree qualifications. On completion of the foundation degree students can apply for direct entry into year 3 (or if studied part-time, level 6) of a computing and games design (or related) degree or a BA top up programme.

Computer Games Design (3 years)

University Campus Suffolk
If making computer games is your passion, then BA (Hons) Computer Games Design can help you fulfill your ambitions. From day one you will be making games and gaining the practical experience you need of the full production pipeline from initial pitching, iterating and play-testing through to the completion of both 2 and 3 Dimensional digital games.
Students can apply for work as games designers and seek work within the games industry generally. Students can also become involved in film and TV production or develop careers in design. Alternatively students can progress to postgraduate level study at UCS. BA Computer Games Design run a commercial games company ‘Waterfront Games’ which offers paid internship opportunities to graduating students.http://search.ucas.com/course/summary/437131/computer-games-design?Vac=1&AvailableIn=2016&Query=games%20design&ProviderQuery=university&MaxResults=1000&page=3&ret=providers

Task 3 – Skills Audience and Personal Statement

Ryan Tucker

What is/are your dream job(s)?
What do you have to do to start working in that industry?
My dream job would be any part of the games industry.

What skills do you possess now?
Don’t list your qualifications as they are on you CV. Talk about what you did within those subjects that you’re good at and enjoyed.
I have good communication skills

Have you carried out any work experience or voluntary work?
Don’t list your qualifications as they are on you CV. Talk about what you did within those subjects that you’re good at and enjoyed.
I had some work experience delivering parcels  

What soft, transferable skills do you possess now or need to develop and how?
Problem solving
Public speaking
Try to use examples from your everyday experience and that negatives can sometimes be turned into positives.
Communication, Team work, Trust worthiness, Honesty

What personal interests and hobbies do you have or have had in the past?
Music – both playing and listening to.
Stamp collecting
However uninteresting you may think your interests are, even if you’ve not taken them very far, put them down.
Films, Travel, Listening to music, Playing Video games

I am applying for the Games Design course as I have been interested in the gaming industry since I could remember.
I am interested in this course because I believe I have skills that are needed for the course. The course also interests me because Im interested in having a job in games industry in the future and possibly make a fully working game with the top brand gaming company like Naughty dog.
I believe I am suitable for the course because I have skills like programming and animation that are needed. I also believe i am suitable for the course because I am a hard worker and I am also good at working with a group of people on one project.
In high school I did Fine art and 3D model design which are both needed when doing concept are In the course.
During my 2nd year of college i have learnt how to use a range of programs like Blender which is a modeling software, Unity which is a 3d and 2d gaming software. I know how to use numerous adobe programs like Photoshop, illustrator and premier pro.I have learnt how to use a 2d game design software called construct 2.
During my second year in college I went on NCS. When I was given the opportunity of doing NCS I gained a lot of confidence which is needed when working in a team.

Task 2 - CV

Ryan Tucker
19 Orrel  Street, Salford, Manchester M6 5TD
  07401519639   (Mobile)

Facebook- Ryan Tucker
27 April 1998
2009 - 2014 - Buile Hill High School
2014 - 2016 - Salford City College - Eccles Sixth Form Centre
2016 - 2017 - Salford City College -  Future Skills 


  • Cheerful, keen & enthusiastic
  • Willing to train and gain further qualifications

  • Playing video games 
  • Music
  • Movies

Task 1 – Portfolio

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Task 1 - Structure – The Value Chain

The developers in the gaming industry are the people that create the games. Their are a lot of developers that have created games and made a lot of money from making the game for example Rockstar are a world wide studio that are most famous for making the Grand Theft Auto series and Electronic Arts that are famous for the Fifa series. Both companies make millions for releasing games on as many consoles as possible if it is on Xbox or PlayStation. However Sony and Microsoft both make games that are exclusive for there own consoles and both have payed developers to create games for there console for example Sony have Naughty Dog which have been making games on PlayStation ever since the original, They have made games like Crash Bandicoot and The Last Of Us and The Uncharted series.

The Publishers in the gaming industry are the people that finance and sell the games and are the people that distribute the products. There are over a million different type of publishers in the gaming industry for example the best 3 publishers world wide are Sony Computer Entertainment which are in Japan,Microsoft which are in USA, Nintendo which are in Japan. Publishers are the people that make the game popular and get more sales with advertisements. 

Console Manufacturers/First Party Publishers
The first party publishers are the people that make the hardware for example the big first party publishers are Sony,Microsoft and Nintendo all three of these companies have made big game consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One. These first party publishes all make games that are exclusive to their own console's for example sony have Bloodborne and Uncharted and Microsoft have Halo and Gears Of War

Distribution and Retail
There are two kinds of distribution in the gaming industry, there is physical and digital. The physical way of distribution is by getting a hard copy of a game from a shop like game. Physical distribution is also used by ordering a game online from a website like amazon where when your order has been confirmed the product gets sent from a warehouse to the allocate place of delivery. Digital distribution is the way that people go through more because the product is sent straight away and you don't have to wait. Physical distribution is used by ordering the product on an online store like the PlayStation store and the Xbox Live Store, Their are also online websites that distribute digitally like steam.

Outsourcing Companies
Outsourcing Companies are all the main types of services that are included in games that are all involved with making that game like Art, Sound, Animation and design for example in Bio shock the game is based around the 1960 and is in an underwater city so a lot of work will have to be put into the game from all services of the game so the underwater sounds and the 1960's music.

Press and Media
Press and Media is a huge part of the gaming industry. When a game is released it is released to the press a couple of days before just so they can give the game a review and they say what they think of the game, Most of the press are either good at giving the games positive reviews. The media is another huge part of the gaming industry, The biggest games that are out in the months they are all released in the coming months are all advertised in gaming magazines and are highly advertised on You-tube videos.