Esports education centre opens at the Beacon of Light | Pages Da

Beacon of Light is set to welcome the next generation of digital experts through its doors following the opening of the new Foundation of Light eSports area.

Foundation of Light is championing the need to support and develop the skills of young people in this growing industry sector, thanks to significant investment from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) through the Local Growth Fund VCSE Capital Grant programme. Help the digital sector contribute to supporting young people and the skills required to be more work-ready.

Esports is a very popular recreational activity that also offers many job and career opportunities. The new eSports area at Beacon of Light will use digital education to create pathways for young people seeking careers in eSports and other closely related digital industries, as well as creating a wealth of e-career advice.

Beacon of Light’s newest addition hosts eight dedicated areas, complete with esports furniture, esports management software, and more.

What makes all this possible is North EAST LEP – a partnership in the public, private and education sectors. Responsible for promoting and developing economic growth across the region, they also produce the Sunderland Strategic Plan, which serves as a blueprint for the activities that need to take place to improve our economy.

Nicola Labrique, North East LEP investment program manager, officially opened the eSports zone on Wednesday. Sharing her thoughts on the eSports region and what it means for the region’s young people, she said: “Helping young people develop skills in emerging sectors such as eSports will help us build our region’s economy and create a strong and sustainable North East for all. We look forward to seeing the education hub the new one in action and to follow the progress of the young people who will train here”.

There are currently 10,000 NEET young people in Sunderland alone, with employers already revealing a lack of skills that local people have to meet industry needs.

Recently released national statistics indicate that 700,000 young people have now left education and are looking for work and there are already 250,000 unemployed under-25s.

Leslie Spolher, CEO of the Or Foundation added: “We understand that electronic sports is a growing industry and we are eager to provide more opportunities for our young people, who will hopefully develop into a certification or even a career in the industry, while also promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle.”

Providing training in a new world of work will engage some of the hardest to reach young people through an activity they enjoy. Through this, the fund will support young people to develop their skills by working with Innovation Esports and Sunderland College to deliver workshops on topics including games journalism, video production, coding, journalism, marketing and social content. Foundation of Light are also very excited to work closely with British Esports when the Center of Excellence opens at Stadium Park.

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