Birmingham's New Technology Institute (NTI) is hosting a series of free taster training sessions during its 'Six Days of Apple' event at the NTI's Eastside site from 5-10 March.

Among others, Apple, Adobe, Google and Sega will attend the series of events, which cover the gamut of Apple's applications and hardware solutions. Sessions will cover visual animation, special effects, photography and three-dimensional design software.

Event speakers will include acclaimed photographer Levon Biss, BBC News presenter Sarah Falkland and Colin Jackson, assistant producer of BBC1's Really Wild Show series.

The six days also feature a dedicated series of events for potential games developers. A series of hands-on sessions and evening speaker events will include key industry names including Sega, Apple, OTEE and AMV. Event features include software training sessions in visual animation, special effects, three-dimensional design and games development.

NTI Manager Oliver Williams observes: "The Midlands has a rich history of games development, from as far back as the Sinclair Spectrum."

The March event will include previews of Apple's Final Cut Pro, OTEE's Unity Pro interactive games programming software and AMV's Fireworks special effects development suite for television and movies. An evening session from Sega Europe offers advice and tips on starting out in the games design industry.

The NTI in Birmingham is a partnership of college and university suppliers in the West Midlands region.

More information on 6 Days of Apple events are available online.