Join our Innovation Academy

From development to animation, experience every aspect of the Virtual and Augmented Reality industries and gain invaluable tech skills. 

How and Why You Should Apply

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Innovation Academy Manchester

  • 8-month sponsored training programme, running between September 2017 and May 2018
  • Certification provided on completion of the scheme
  • Travel allowance (up to £25 a week)

What you will be doing

This is a unique opportunity to take up one of 50 sponsored seats at EON Reality's Innovation Academy in Manchester, where you will be trained, free-of-charge, in all aspects of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

We believe in empowering people to follow the career path they want and will do all we can to ensure you learn about the areas of the industry that interest you most – whether that’s development, animation, programming or something else entirely. It's our mission to equip you with the skills you will need to secure your perfect role after the scheme.

After graduating from the Academy, you will be the first to find out about vacancies in EON Reality’s commercial studio or in our global training team, which offers the chance to deliver academy programmes to students across the world. This really is an exciting time to join us: we’re experiencing significant growth and in the next couple of years anticipate having vacancies across programming, developing, art and animation, production, quality assurance and training.

However, if, after the eight months, you decide to look for work outside of EON Reality, our range of Career Focus Workshops will prepare you for entering the wider industry. Whether it’s helping you to write your CV or giving you interview tips, we’ll ensure you’re well-equipped to carve out the career you want.

  • You will spend four months learning all there is to know about the industry through a structured learning programme delivered by leading tutors
  • You will spend the second half of the programme working to deliver live briefs alongside colleagues. Putting what you learn into practice, it's a chance to gain invaluable commercial experience and have an impact on real projects across our business
  • You will get the chance to spend two weeks shadowing experts in our commercial studio
  • You will study with us Monday to Thursday (10am and 4pm) so are welcome to take a part-time job outside of these hours.

What you will have

We want to find the Virtual and Augmented Reality experts of the future. We’re not worried whether or not you have an IT, Development or Gaming related qualification; we are more interested in whether or not you have an interest and passion for technology.

After applying, you'll get the chance to find out more about what life at EON Reality is really like at one of our Open Days. These are taking place on 26 May (5pm to 7pm), 15 June (3pm to 5pm) and 18 July (3pm to 5pm).

  • You have experience of working within a team and you thrive when working alongside others
  • You have a creative mind, with a genuine will to learn new things
  • You have an interest in IT, 3D or 2D graphics, computer science or production design, and the desire to build a career within the industry.

Your first year at EON Reality

Meet Nicole

Quality Assurance Tester

"I think I got the job because I love gaming. I wanted to understand it and learn how it worked. When I got to EON Reality, I put my heart and soul into it."

Where You Will Be

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Onwards to our company and culture…

We are EON Reality

The world-leading tech company that's dedicated to ensuring everyone on the planet has access to knowledge as a basic Human Right.  

Our Culture

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Our Culture - What we do

EON Reality is a world-leading tech company working with enterprise clients around the globe to deliver highly innovative and market-leading Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) learning solutions.

We believe in working collaboratively and life in the Academy reflects what life is like in our commercial studio in the UK and around the world. Our students are given fantastic opportunities to come up with and then work on innovative, creative ideas, and our team working in the Academy are incredibly supportive of students' learning journey.

Socially, there is always something going on in the Academy. We have regular quizzes and catch ups outside of work – whether that’s going for a coffee, eating pizza or going bowling. We also ensure that all students take regular breaks while in the office and, thanks to a pool table and games consoles on site, there's always lots to do in down time.

We also get together as a whole business for social events throughout the year, including our Christmas Party.

Having fun together helps us to maintain our strong team spirit –  whether they're in the Academy or wider business, people at EON Reality genuinely enjoy coming together to work on a project and see the end result. We also make sure we praise any successes that individuals or teams do have, which helps us maintain our friendly and collaborative environment. Whenever someone successfully joins the commercial studio or training team after graduating from the Academy, celebrations will follow.

Training at the Academy

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You have access to high-end technology and the knowledge of industry based experts. You choose the skill set you want to develop.

Our Graduates - Who we are

Alex's Story

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[After the Academy] I was sent around the world, to places like Mauritius and Saudi Arabia, to take on full teaching courses at other academies EON Reality runs.

Alex's graduate story.

  • Studied Media Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University

  • While still at university, visited EON Reality and saw the amazing technology they had access to. After graduation, successfully applied to join the Academy and began in September 2014

  • After finishing the Academy, was offered a permanent job as a Junior Developer in the studio

  • A few months later, was given a promotion to Assistant Trainer. This involved supporting new arrivals into the Academy in Manchester, as well as spending time overseas training new recruits in academies run by EON  Reality internationally

  • After returning to the UK, was offered a full Developer role before being promoted again to a Development Supervisor

  • Now oversees a development  team, leading projects and supporting all team members

Our Future - Where we're going

Why Graduates Are Key to Our Future

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Mark Bridgeman, Managing Director of EON Reality UK

Established in 1999, we were founded on a belief that knowledge is a Human Right and should be available, accessible and affordable for everyone on the planet. Since then, we have rapidly grown into a global business: we now have a presence in 25 countries, including our UK hub based in Manchester, which was launched in 2013.

Grounded by 18 years of enterprise and development expertise, we value innovation and it is our vision to improve learning globally, creating future Smart Nations.

We have created the de-facto standard for AR and VR software, which supports devices from mobile phones all the way through to large immersive domes. Our global app development network, with twenty-two locations internationally, has created the world’s leading AR/VR library to assist with the transfer of knowledge. It comprises of over 7,000 applications, which have been downloaded by over 36 million people worldwide.

Our core principles, which inform our company culture and the way we innovate products, are:

1. We believe Knowledge is a Human Right

2. We are improving learning and knowledge transfer everywhere: let’s learn faster, remember longer, decide better

3. We are committed to innovation

4. We are future proofing business worldwide.

We look for fast learners, technical and creative people, as well as those who show real passion, enthusiasm and a keen interest in the world around them, the ways we develop virtual and augmented realities and the way people learn. If that sounds like you, then apply today.

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