SharpFutures launches creative digital courses

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SharpFutures, which is based at The Sharp Project has set up two training course to “launch or restart” careers in the digital creative industries.

The first is an online transition course for Creative Digital Content makers.

Running for 12 months from August, it’s being supported by the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund, a joint venture between DCMS and GMCA.

It’s intended for those wanting to work within short-form content creation and will include masterclasses and content briefs from Ocean Outdoor UK.

“We are absolutely delighted to be working with SharpFutures on long-term skills and development for the Creative Digital industries,” said Outdoor UK’s Chief Marketing Officer Richard Malton.

“Greater Manchester is our biggest conurbation outside London. Renowned for creativity and innovation, the Manchester City-Region is top of our client list too and we have always invested heavily in advertising capacity in this significant locality.”

The second course is Digital Production Management, which runs for 8-16 weeks from mid-September.

This is a transition course for people from other sectors seeking to make the leap into the management of creative, digital and tech projects.

It is also supported by the the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund.

"People don’t realise how valuable their experience is and how easy it is to transfer skills from, for example, gaming to animation, theatre to television, construction to location management, engineering to tech,” explained SharpFutures CEO, Rose Marley.

“It's all about the language. If you’re on time and on budget the same project management principles apply but the mystifying language of grips, dojos, devs or grading, machine rooms and DITs put people off when they had the skills and capability all along."

The Fast Track Fund is a £3m joint venture between GMCA, DCMS and LDSP calling on a consortia of employers and training providers (including colleges and universities) who can bid for between £50,000 and £250,000 to run innovative digital training schemes linked to skills shortage vacancies.