Real-time 3D (RT3D) technology is transforming the way we work, learn, and socialize. Amid this transformation, the real-time 3D job market is growing rapidly, driven largely by increasing demand for immersive technologies in areas such as health care, gaming, architecture, and education.
The growth of the real-time 3D industry has created a demand for talent, leading to a challenge for institutions and training providers to adequately prepare learners for future careers in this field. For example, there are still gaps in access and equity, particularly for those in underrepresented and low socioeconomic backgrounds. Factors such as training costs can make it difficult for learners to gain the skills needed for real-time 3D jobs, creating a demand for programs that can address these challenges.
To support this, Unity Social Impact has partnered with Jobs for the Future (JFF), a leading nonprofit organization that works to create economic opportunities for underserved populations through innovative education and workforce development initiatives.
Unity Social Impact and JFF are excited to announce the Unity Workforce Grant: Preparing future creators for in-demand careers. This open call for proposals will award funding to a limited number of higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and companies running workforce development programs to support the next generation of real-time 3D creators in accordance with the terms, conditions, and eligibility requirements described.
If your organization does one or more of the following, then we encourage you to apply:
“3D artist. Avatar designer. Extended reality (XR) simulation developer. Technologies like virtual and augmented reality are opening exciting new pathways to quality jobs and careers – and effective workforce training will be essential for learners and workers to seize opportunities that lead to economic advancement,” says Kristina Francis, executive director of JFFLabs. “We’re delighted to partner with Unity to support innovative organizations, ensuring that the potential of training in XR/real-time development skills is truly accessible to all.”
“We’re delighted to partner with Unity to support innovative organizations, ensuring that the potential of training in XR/real-time development skills is truly accessible to all.”
The Unity Workforce Grant will reward up to US$200,000 to organizations training learners for the purpose of job readiness and career placement in the realm of immersive technologies and real-time 3D.
“Rapidly upskilling into high-demand jobs, like real-time 3D, is crucial to building a thriving economy and society,” adds Jessica Lindl, vice president of Unity Social Impact. “It’s our responsibility to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background, has access to economic opportunities. The Unity Workforce Grant, in partnership with Jobs for the Future, is an important step in making this happen.”
Grant applications will be accepted from April 17 to June 2, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Learn more about the grant and eligibility requirements.
This grant initiative is part of the Unity Charitable Fund, which previously funded efforts such as the Higher Ed XR Innovation Open Call and EdTech Creator Challenge.
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