Babcock, the international aerospace, defence and security company, has collaborated with Plymouth City Council on an online game to encourage people to consider a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) apprenticeship.
Visitors to the Skills Launchpad Plymouth, which helps people with training and careers advice, will have the opportunity to test their ability on ‘The Next Steps’, a game that positively challenges players to create a virtual CV by carrying out a series of tasks across the city.
Players visit virtual landmarks across the city and interact with in-game characters while being given problems to solve.
At the end of ‘The Next Steps’, gamers are encouraged to consider an apprenticeship or speak to their Skills Launchpad advisor about future opportunities.
The game has been created by Babcock as a way of targeting those who are not currently in education or work, and who might not have previously thought about a STEM career at Babcock, one of Plymouth’s biggest employers.
Debbie Joyce, Group Head of Early Careers at Babcock, said: "We are always interested in exploring new ways of attracting new talent, and we're really pleased to be working with the local Plymouth community on this exciting and innovative project.
“A STEM career is extremely rewarding, and we’d encourage people to sign up with Skills Launchpad Plymouth, whose team are on-hand to share their expertise and advise people on the benefits of an apprenticeship.
“Innovation, inclusivity and collaboration are at the centre of what we do at Babcock – and we’re excited to see the results of this partnership.”
The initiative builds on other partnerships Babcock has in the region, with Plymouth Science Park, which also includes digital and data training in the area of additive technologies.
More information on Babcock’s apprenticeships across the UK can be found here.
To try the game out for yourself, click here.