Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is delighted to partner with a leading educational media company, whose clients include Adobe, Microsoft, Crayola and the BBC, to launch a free careers and employability resource for teachers, students and families in the area.

Skillsumo is an evolving catalogue of bite-sized videos produced by Makematic in partnership with businesses, local authorities and further and higher education institutions including Allstate, PwC, Adobe, Unity Technologies, Learning Pool, Deloitte and The Bank of Ireland.

The collection contains more than 100 videos and animations across five main themes, namely: Work Inspiration, Pathways, 21st Century Skills, FutureProof and Professional Development. New content is included on a monthly basis.

The videos align with national benchmarks for effective careers provision, support curriculum-linked learning opportunities, give pupils an insight into the world of work and workplace skills, and help schools and careers leaders create a well-resourced programme of careers education and guidance.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Maureen Morrow, said: “We are delighted to partner with Makematic on this free careers and employability resource. Ensuring everyone in Mid and East Antrim fulfils their potential is a key part of our Amplify Economic Development Strategy.

“We want our young people to excel – and in order for that to happen, they need our support in learning and achievement at home, in their community and in school through high-quality teaching, mentoring and resources. These bite-sized videos are the perfect way to ignite young students’ curiosity and signpost them to further career and employability support. I look forward to seeing Skillsumo being widely accessed, and many ambitions being realised as a result!”

Makematic’s CEO and Co-Founder, Mark Nagurski, said: “Makematic intends to build one of the biggest video resource collections for careers and employability skills in the UK and Ireland.”

Skill shortages are not ‘industry-exclusive’; with impacts felt across the hospitality, retail, health, construction, manufacturing and IT sectors.

Educators, parents and careers leaders can access the free resource at: watch.makematic.com/skillsumo