"In July 2010, Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries asked Ian Livingstone and Alex Hope to undertake a Review of the skills needs of the UK’s video games and visual effects industries and to make practical recommendations for how these needs can be met.
Six months later, after working closely with NESTA and after close consultation with their fellow practitioners, school teachers and university lecturers and conducting a comprehensive programme of data gathering and original research, they are presenting Next Gen: Transforming the UK into the world’s leading talent hub for the video games and visual effects industries.
In the report they detail a set of 20 recommendations for government, educators and industry, identifying clearly in each case where we see lead responsibility lying."
(UK National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts)
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2). Next Gen: Transforming the UK
"In July 2010 Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries asked Ian Livingstone and Alex Hope, working with NESTA and Skillset to produce an independent report into the skills needed for school leavers and graduates to fully engage with the UK's world-class video games and visual effects industries."
Fig.1 Ian Livingstone 'Livingstone-Hope Skills Review'.
Fig.2 Alex Hope 'Livingstone-Hope Skills Review'.
"This landmark report sets out how the UK can be transformed into the world's leading talent hub for video games and visual effects.
At over £2 billion in global sales, the UK's video games sector is bigger than either its film or music industries, and visual effects, the fastest growing component of the UK's film industry, grew at an explosive 16.8 per cent between 2006 and 2008. High-tech, knowledge-intensive sectors and, in the case of video games, major generators of intellectual property, these industries have all the attributes the UK needs to succeed in the 21st century.
Yet, the sad truth is that we are already starting to lose our cutting edge: in just two years, it seems the UK's video games industry has dipped from third to sixth place in the global development rankings.
Meanwhile, the visual effects industry, though still enjoying very rapid growth, is having to source talent from overseas because of skills shortages at home. That is mainly a failing of our education system - from schools to universities - and it needs to be tackled urgently if we are to remain globally competitive."