Get Your Start in the Film and TV Drama Industry with Passport to Production

Friday, June 4th, 2021

Practical training initiative with on set experience encourages those from underrepresented groups to apply

Screen Skills Ireland, the skills development unit with Screen Ireland, is calling for applicants for its flagship Passport to Production initiative, a structured programme designed to equip new entrants with the tools to take up their first position as trainee crew members in the industry.  

Passport to Production aims to drive wider representation in the creative screen industry and Screen Skills Ireland is eager to encourage new entrants from diverse and underrepresented groups to apply. 

The programme will provide a broad overview of all the departments and help equip new entrants with the knowledge and some of the essential skills for working on a live action set. Participants will receive training facilitated and delivered by industry experts and Irish professional crew, and the programme aims to offer participants structured and paid work experience as a trainee on a production shooting in Ireland. 

Speaking about Passport to Production, Gareth Lee, Screen Skills Ireland Manager, said, “As the screen sector in Ireland continues to develop and with the expansion of studio infrastructure, it is likely that the demand for new entrants to the industry will grow in the coming years. Passport to Production aims to bring talented new crew members into the sector, particularly from groups who have previously been underrepresented in the industry, to contribute to a diverse and thriving Irish screen sector.”

The 2021 programme will roll out five Passport to Production courses over the coming months. Previous iterations of the programme have taken place in Donegal, Dublin/Wicklow, Galway, Limerick, and Wexford, with many participants moving on to further roles in the sector. 

Passport to Production is suitable for anyone with the commitment, motivation, and passion to work in the film and television industry as a crew member. We welcome interest from film and media course graduates, as well as those who wish to transition from other sectors or disciplines, but applicants do not need to have studied or worked in this industry. Applicants should have a keen interest in working in this sector, and transferable skills that they can bring to a role on a film or TV production. Please note, this course is not open to full time students.

To apply for Passport to Production, please complete the application form by 12pm on Monday 14 June.  

Screen Skills Ireland is committed to employment equality across the nine grounds of the equality legislation, making positive action commitments, and has a shared duty with regard to the equality legislation.

Passport to Production is also supported by Screen Skillnet.