Animation, VFX & Games Graduate Traineeship 2021: Participants and Host Studios Announced

Friday, May 21st, 2021

Six trainees to receive on-the-job training and mentoring with leading Irish animation, VFX, and games studios.


Screen Skills Ireland, the skills development unit within Screen Ireland, and Animation Skillnet are delighted to announce the Animation, VFX & Games Graduate Traineeship participants and host studios for the 2021 programme.​

The traineeship, which has been running since 2016, has a great track record with over 90% of participants going on to gain further work in the industry, either with their host studio or with another studio.

Targeted at developing skills and talent in the Irish animation, VFX, and games sectors, the programme will take place over a 3 month period. It will involve a mix of on-the-job learning and mentoring with studios remotely as well as additional specialist training delivered through Screen Skills Ireland and Animation Skillnet.

The 4 participating studios and 6 trainees for the 2021 Graduate Traineeship Programme are:

  • And Maps And Plans: Josh O’Caoimh
  • Daily Madness: Abigail Nangle, Saoirse Stephens, Sharon Byrne
  • Lighthouse Studios: Gregory Wayne
  • StoryToys – Touchpress: Sean Drew

The traineeship kicks off on Monday 24th of May with a week of specialised online training, featuring talks from experts on the latest creative and technological advances in the area of VFX and animation, as well as soft skills such as emotional intelligence and time management.

Speaking about the traineeship, Sorcha Scully, Animation, VFX & Games Coordinator​ at Screen Skills Ireland, said, “We are very pleased to be launching the next iteration of this highly successful programme, especially in light of the many new challenges facing graduates and the sector in 2021. The Irish animation, VFX, and games sectors continue to be hugely important to Ireland’s digital and creative economy. The traineeship will be an integral link to bring new talent into the sector.”

Please note that we are hoping to run this programme again in October and will advertise for this second round in August, so please register to our mailing lists to make sure you do not miss the deadline: https://animationskillnet.ie/contact/ and https://www.screenskillsireland.ie/newsletter-signup/

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