Apprenticeships are very different from a full-time course. You earn as you learn and most of your learning happens in the workplace. You will be trained on the job, by people at the very top of their game. You'll gain valuable experience, job-specific skills, earn a wage and get holiday pay. You'll also spend around 20% of your time studying in a classroom, learning the deeper, wider knowledge you need to progress your career.

These structured learning programmes train you to work in entry level roles that the Games and VFX industries see as critical. Which means your skills will be in demand from the moment you start. And unlike a degree course, you can complete your training in just two years, have two years' work experience and start your career debt-free.

Everyone's a winner. You contribute to your employer's productivity and in return you earn a salary and learn real-world skills that will prove invaluable in the workplace. Together we create a highly skilled workforce that's ready to meet the future demands of the business.

NextGen Skills Academy has worked with employers to develop four new Higher Apprenticeships. Two are for the Visual Effects (VFX) industry: Junior 2D Artist and Assistant Technical Director. Two are for the Games industry: Quality Assurance Technician/Analyst and Community Co-ordinator (which is still under development).

The Apprenticeships have been designed so that you will develop the core skills to progress not only within the VFX and Games industries but also into related sectors such as software development or digital marketing. So you can kick-start a career that will take you miles.

The skills you learn as an apprentice have been identified by employers as those most relevant and widely used, so you will learn exactly the skills you need to work in your chosen career.

These are Higher Apprenticeships, which means that they're comparable to the first two years of a degree. For this reason, Government funding for an Apprenticeship isn't available for people who already hold a degree. But if you don't have a degree, or are considering leaving University, then this could be the opportunity for you.