Helping young people to develop digital skills

2 Jun 2014

Games Students discuss their game ideas with mentors from Tesco

Digital skills and innovation are not only crucial to the future success of our business, they will also give young people a key advantage in their future careers. That's why we have been supporting the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition, which helps young people aged between 11 and 16 build creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork and coding skills as they design their own video games or game apps.

Colleagues from across our business have been mentoring four teams of young people as they prepare their competition entries. The four teams were selected by a panel of experts from the games industry who thought that their games ideas had great potential. The teams of students have since been developing their ideas into working prototype games.

Our mentors visited the students' schools to talk to them about careers that involve digital skills, and last week the students paid a return visit to one of our technology offices to find out more about how Tesco uses technology and gamification to make our customers lives simpler and inject a bit of fun into their regular shop.

Paul Wilkinson, Tesco IT Research and Development Manager, was one of the Tesco colleagues who took part in the mentoring programme:

"It was great to have the opportunity to work with the students. They had brilliant imaginations and some really creative ideas for their game entries. I hope we were able to show them how the skills they had used to develop their entries could be applied in a range of jobs, and inspire them about the potential of digital technology. I for one look forward to trying out their games".

Testing Testing the games!

Entries for the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition have now closed and the winners will be announced on 12 July. We wish all the teams entering the best of luck.