for students after placement success

Games industry job roles

Author - Teesside University

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for students after placement success

Nine talented students have managed to secure full-time job offers at a leading
games studio after taking part in industry placements as part of their Teesside
University degree.

Middlesbrough-based games developer Double Eleven was so impressed with the
quality of work from the nine students that they offered them all permanent jobs
either starting immediately or once they have completed their studies.

Double Eleven, which has co-developed a number of best-selling games including
Prison Architect, Minecraft Dungeons, Lego Harry Potter, Goat Simulator and more recently Rust: Console Edition, has been accepting student placements from the University’s School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies since 2017.

This developed into a partnership in 2019 with a memorandum of understanding
signed between the two organisations, pledging to work together to encourage and
develop collaborative activities.

The nine students taking part in the placements were studying degrees in a range of
disciplines including Computer Games Design, Computer Games Art, Computer
Games Programming, Animation and Computer Science.

In the last 12 months, Double Eleven has undergone a rapid expansion, more than
doubling its workforce, and opened a new studio in Malaysia in January 2020. The nine students were taken on as part of this expansion.

Jo Potts, Recruitment Manager at Double Eleven, said: “We’re huge believers in
supporting the local community and want to work in partnership to grow the skillset
which is available in the North East.

“We’re very keen to continue and grow our collaboration with Teesside University.
The University has shown itself to be very open to collaborating and connecting with
industry.

“We recruit from all over the country (and the world) and our entry level roles are highly sought after.

“We have given students on placements jobs before, but this is by far the biggest
from a single cohort. The quality of work that they demonstrated was phenomenal.”

Claire Barker, Work Experience Officer at Teesside University, said: “There is a lot of
competition for roles within the games industry, so we’re delighted that nine of our
students will be gaining full-time employment with such a prestigious company
straight after graduation.

“Part of our mission at Teesside University is to ensure that our students are job
ready so they can make an immediate impact in the workplace.

“Partnerships such as this help our students gain vital industry skills working on live
projects, while allowing employers to feed into our curriculum to
ensure that we are teaching the skills that businesses want.”

For more information on Double Eleven visit www.double11.com

For more information on courses in the School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies visit https://www.tees.ac.uk/schools/scedt/

www.double11.com

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