Tombola Academy Will Recruit Tech Talent across the Region

Tombola Academy Will Recruit Tech Talent across the Region

In a bid to draw in the very best up-and-coming industry experts and nurture the newest in hi-tech talent, we’re proud to announce our partnership with Sunderland College.

Based in the Sunderland headquarters, the tombola Academy is now focused on recruiting the best apprentices and graduates to develop their gaming and web development. tombola are one of the largest employers in the North East for this growing sector, developing their online games in-house.

Phil Cronin, Chief Executive of tombola Ltd, said: “tombola is the market leader in Europe and we believe much of our success is down to our unique games, which are all designed and developed in the North East.

“Finding the next generation of imaginative developers and inventive thinkers is a priority and a challenge for the company. We want to attract and develop the best talent from the region to work with tombola to originate new games and develop our overall online proposition.”

Ian Walshaw, Head of IT for tombola bingo, added: “We have partnered with Sunderland College to ensure the chosen applicants can align a first class College education with our hands-on training. The 12-month apprenticeship at the tombola Academy is aimed at those who are really passionate about software development – particularly games and web applications.

“The tombola Academy will provide an alternative to University; training will take place at our head office, it will be online-orientated and very interactive. Apprentice game developers will learn about all phases of game creation from the early design to the release using languages such as JavaScript and frameworks such as Unity3d. Apprentice web developers will learn all aspects of creating a website, including creating and styling pages using HTML, JavaScript and CSS, interacting with databases using C# and t-sql and how to build sites using the ASP.NET MVC Framework.

“With some initiative and determination, apprentices will, over time, be able to move into senior development roles within the team and one day hopefully into a project leading role. We want to nurture the talent leaving our universities and colleges and provide them with the foundation for a career in the software industry here at tombola.”

Sunderland College’s Principal, Anne Isherwood, feels optimistic about the joint scheme with tombola Academy, commenting: “We’re delighted to be partnering such an important Sunderland company in this new, exciting venture.

“Software development and the digital industries are areas of specialism in the region and it’s important that companies like tombola know that there is a steady stream of well-trained students with the right skills and attitude ready to fill their vacancies.

“As a college, it’s important that local companies know we have the flexibility to create bespoke solutions to their training and employment needs.”


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