Here at tombola bingo, we’re increasing our focus on recruiting new talent by opening our doors to the North East’s next generation of hi-tech graduates.
By spending time at the tombola Academy, based at the company’s headquarters in Sunderland, university and college graduates will receive practical online experience to develop necessary industry skills at an early stage of their career.
Phil Cronin, Chief Executive of tombola Ltd, said: “tombola is one of the largest employers of game and web developers in the North East, so it’s vital for us to make sure we attract and develop the best young talent.”
Ian Walshaw, Head of IT for tombola, added: “We’re thrilled that the first intake of students have passed through the doors of the tombola Academy and have started on a programme of training that will help them to build a long-term career with us. The Academy is a strategic, long-term approach to help resolve our future recruitment needs and we have high hopes of its success.
“tombola is a people company and the culture is perfect for those who are enthusiastic about what we do. All of our developers and designers are empowered in their day to day activities and are able to work freely with access to leading-edge technology. Just recently we invested £1m refreshing our Sunderland head office to create a modern and enjoyable working environment.”
The Academy has recruited nineteen employees in total, twelve of which are fresh from their university degrees in Games Programming, Computer Science and Character Animation – subjects that reflect the importance of gaming development for the company.
Graduate Kris Deacon, 21, said: “I’m really enjoying being part of the tombola Academy as we’re receiving brilliant on-the-job training in a really friendly work environment. As a recent graduate, it’s brilliant to already be getting the experience I need to help advance my career.”
Along with the twelve university recruits, nine apprentices have been taken on in a work-based learning scheme directly from Sunderland College. The apprenticeships run for 12 months and give the college leavers the opportunity to work towards an NVQ qualification.
Declan Taylor, from Sunderland, commented: “The tombola Academy will provide me with the skills, knowledge and real-life working experience to advance my career without the debt of going to university which is brilliant.
“This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m really enjoying learning and working within the gaming industry.”
Reece Scott, 18, added: “The tombola Academy is a fantastic opportunity for me to advance my skills in web development and I’m really enjoying working for such a successful company.”
As the European market leader, tombola currently employ over 200 people in the North East area of the UK and we’re hoping to achieve further success in coming years through the continued expansion of the academy.