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Why should I sign up as a VGA?

There are lots of reasons to become a VGA, and anybody from the games industry can become one! Too few  young people know about the skills needed to make and sell a game. and it is a VGA’s mission to change this. Anyone who has a desire to inspire children and young people in science, tech, arts and maths subjects can become an Ambassador. The main qualities that all VGAs share are enthusiasm and commitment, along with a passion for what they do. You love games, they love games. You two should meet.

What does a VGA do?

Volunteering as a VGA is your chance to promote your skills to young learners, actively encourage them to enjoy science, technology, maths, and other subjects, and tell them about the many different jobs you can do in the industry. VGA activities can be as creative and as interactive as you like, the more fun the better! You could run a workshop, speak in an assembly, volunteer at a local careers fair, the possibilities are endless!

So, by volunteering as an VGA, you could be opening up life-changing opportunities for many young people in your area.

As a VGA you will:

  • Inspire the next generation of  games industry talent
  • Challenge stereotypes about maths, physics, art and computer science
  • Strengthen your own skills, including communication, planning and presentation skills
  • Have lots of fun and enjoy the buzz and energy from working with young people
  • Receive training and DBS (formerly the CRB) clearance to work with school children

Once you’re fully signed up you are only committing to one action per year, which could be half an hour talking to a local primary school assembly or an afternoon doing a workshop with a group of secondary school design students. Of course you’re free to do as much as you like – but you only have to do one thing!

You will receive induction training and STEMNET will keep you updated on local volunteering opportunities at schools in your local area that are convenient for you.

How do I sign up?

Simply fill in the form on the STEMNET website and they will contact you and offer you a slot for your induction; these sessions take approximately 2 hours and are run regionally so you shouldn’t have to travel too far.

They will confirm your chosen date and send you a full explanation of how to complete the DBS (formerly the CRB) so that you are cleared to work with school children.

But I don’t know much about giving careers advice!

You don’t need to! Young people are always interested in hearing about how you found yourself in your job – how you chose it, whether it was by accident, or whether you started doing something entirely different. They want to hear from you and how awesome this industry is. You can inspire the next generation to bring new ideas, sharp skills and fresh thinking to our industry, and also make them realise that making games is an amazingly cool and exciting thing to do and it should be an opportunity open to everyone. Many schools want to teach game design and programming, but may need support and guidance; others don’t yet understand that art and animation can be valid careers in the games industry and other sectors. So this is your chance to help us develop a national network of support so that the next generation of game developers can be as fabulous as you already are!

Who can I talk to if I have any questions?

Please get in touch if you’d like to speak to Sophie about becoming a VGA.