A wealth of top creative talent is backing a new survey to help decide what kind of training and education is needed to make the most Britains visual effects and video games industries. The Skills Review is led by Ian Livingstone, co-founder of Games Workshop and Life President of Eidos, and Alex Hope, co-founder of Double Negative. Other VFX companies supporting it include Cinesite, Framestore and Moving Picture Company (MPC) -- as well as education organisations NESTA and Skillset.

“We’re going to examine the entire talent pipeline for video games and visual effects, from schools through to HE/FE and industry," says Ian Livingstone. "It is important that video games and visual effects are seen as great career opportunities. And young people applying for jobs in these industries must have the necessary hard skills. This survey will help us to capture the evidence we need to make a robust case to government for how policy should support these critical sectors”.
 
Alex Hope says: “The visual effects and video games industries represent exceptional growth potential for the UK economy, thanks to the talent and drive of its workforce and a rapidly growing market. The Skills Review is the starting point for protecting the future of these industries and I urge everyone involved to have their input by taking part in the survey.”
 
The survey can be completed online at www.skillsforvfx.com for those working in the visual effects industry and www.skillsforgames.com for those working in the video games industry. The Skills Review will be published at the end of January 2011. It will contain recommendations for policymakers, education providers and businesses.