Unity Technologies hopes to groom 80,000 people for game jobs over three years with an education initiative aimed at helping people learn how to program and develop games.
Unity is paying for the program with help from its initial public offering, in which it raised $1.3 billion and set aside 750,000 shares for the Unity Social Impact fund. The fund is valued at $83.6 million, and part of it will be used for the education goal.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left millions of people around the world out of work. Unity hopes to address that with an alternative, no-cost path to employment with the launch of "career pathways."
Unity sees "a huge opportunity here in the midst of a massive global recession where we provide alternative pathways to employment," said General Manager and Vice President Jessica Lindl. "This is an alternative, no-cost pathway to employment in both the games and the technology industry."
The initiative is designed for people from a wide range of backgrounds, and supports the company's commitment to creating inclusive economic opportunities.
Gaming jobs are definately on the rise. According to Hired.com's "State of Engineering" report, AR/VR and gaming engineers had the highest job growth in 2019, at 1,400% and 146%, respectively.
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