I recently moved to Hereford to live with my partner. I run my own Games studio remotely from home, one striking thing I noticed about Hereford was the lack of STEM industry in the region – particularly for technology, including games. The nearest games studios I found are in Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff. Hereford’s College of Arts do not have a single Games Design, Games Development or Games Art course on their syllabus – despite the Games Industry being worth more than Film and Music combined. The lack of education/training facilities in rural communities (even a city like Hereford) is exactly why there are so many unfilled jobs in the industry. Hereford is a classic example of how rural cities (I grew up in Exeter, so I’ve seen this previously) get neglected with current, prosperous industries through lack of educational opportunity.
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