It seems like every day we’re hearing worrying new stats about the UK’s skills gap, particularly in the digital and creative sectors. If our industry is going to continue to thrive, then we need to take steps to ensure the next generation of workers are being taught the skills the modern workplace needs.

At Can Studios, we’re committed to supporting local talent. For the past couple of years we’ve worked closely with our local University Technical College (UTC), arranging work placements for students interested in the digital and creative sector, getting involved in their Employer Mentor Program, and even consulting with UTC on their new computing curriculum.

In our efforts to continue supporting local talent, we recently partnered with RISE, a groundbreaking Sheffield City Council scheme that places graduates in highly-skilled jobs with local employers.

Launched in 2013, the program has generated lots of interest from both businesses and graduates, placing over 200 graduates at 150 local businesses, with many graduates going on to secure permanent jobs. Following this success, RISE was renewed for a further three years and expanded to cover more of the city, with talks of bringing the RISE program to other cities around the country.

As part of our new partnership with RISE, we offered two internships to local graduates: a tester and a software developer role.

This is the first time we’ve offered internships through RISE, and after receiving lots of interest from talented graduates we had no problems filling both of these positions. We’re looking forward to welcoming Ken and Daniela to our growing dev team!

If you’re committed to helping create a highly-skilled, productive local economy and there’s a place in your business for an enthusiastic and talented graduate, then definitely take a look at the RISE website.

And as a rapidly expanding business we’re always looking for talented people to join our team, so if you want to help us develop award-winning elearning software and content, then we want to hear from you.