Interactive Ontario hopes apprenticeships will increase digital media industry’s diversity

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Interactive Ontario has announced its first cohort for its ipprenticeship Program.

The non-profit launched the ipprenticeship program to improve diversity and inclusion in the interactive digital media industry. The week-long apprenticeship program will give participants a chance to shadow and have one-on-one meetings with key team members, gain exposure and information, and get access to industry professionals and networks.

The group will have placements at Ubisoft Toronto, Groupe Média TFO, and DHX Media.

“Our Measuring Success research report, as well as our observations while working with this sector, have told us that there is a need to improve diversity and inclusion,” said Interactive Ontario Executive Director Christa Dickenson. “This program will provide opportunities for new voices to join the sector, helping to increase the diversity, authenticity and quality of stories being told through interactive digital media.”

The apprenticeships will take place throughout the summer of 2017, and program highlights will be showcased at Interactive Ontario’s fall conference, iVentures.

The participants include:

  • Nuha Alkadi & Rebecca Mitchell – The Ubisoft Toronto Women in Games ipprenticeship
  • Robin Della Corte – Groupe Média TFO’s Digital, Educational, Francophone media ipprenticeship
  • Celestina Aleobua – DHX Media’s Youth of Underrepresented Background web design and/or IT ipprenticeship

Photo via Jackie Brown Photography