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Epic Games invests $100,000 in new apprenticeship program to grow and diversify 3D engine talent pool

CARY- Epic Games will match a $100,000 federal grant to help launch a technology learning program focused on 3D skills, the company said.

Epic is the company behind Unreal Engine, a real-time 3D creation tool that not only powers games like Fortnite, but also has applications in film and TV, architecture, simulation, and more.

The demand for Unreal Engine skills, like 3D graphics and real-time 3D, is growing faster than other IT roles and much faster than the global job market. According to a 2021 study conducted by Unreal Engine and Burning Glassdemand for real-time 3D skills has grown 601% faster than the overall 3D graphics market.

The program will be developed through Apprentice, a non-profit organization that creates in-company learning programs with the goal of filling gaps in technology talent and diversity. Apprentice has placed apprentices at companies like Amazon, PayPal, and JPMorgan Chase.

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“At Epic, we work alongside Apprentice to deliver Unreal Engine learning programs for games, media and entertainment, and beyond,” said Julie Lottering, Unreal Engine Training Director at Epic Games. , in the Press release. “This partnership is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to potential impact transcending the industry and we couldn’t be more excited for the future.”

Apprentice states that 85% of apprentices placed in their programs are from underrepresented groups.

“Content created by the gaming industry must include the perspectives of its consumers,” Jennifer Carlson, executive director and co-founder of Apprentice, said in the press release. “It is imperative that game developers reflect the diversity of end users.”

According to Victoria Mendoza, HR and management expert and CEO of the tech blog MediaPenutapprenticeship is a way for companies to address the “shortage” of Unreal Engine skills in the talent pool.

“Last year, the gaming industry added 30,000 new entry-level positions, and it will be essential for studios and companies to rethink the hiring process to build a stronger workforce. diverse and competitive to meet that demand,” Mendoza said. “Epic Games has created an opportunity for gaming industry organizations to participate in the expansion of learning and I believe the entire gaming industry should also adapt to this growing trend.”

Eric McGee, Senior Network Engineer at FIT Data Centerssays apprenticeship helps companies recruit “diverse candidates” who may not have access to traditional job opportunities due to a lack of resources or connections.

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“By opening opportunities to people from underrepresented groups and communities – who may not have access to traditional employment opportunities – companies can create a more inclusive workplace that reflects the diversity of their customers. and customers,” McGee said.

In addition to the grant match, Epic will provide access to their Unreal Authorized Training Centers. Training and mentoring will be provided by CG spectruman online school of animation, visual effects and game development.

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