Screen Skills Ireland and Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) Announce 2nd Year of the Media Production Assistant Traineeship

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Following on from a hugely successful first year of the Media Production Assistant Traineeship, Screen Skills Ireland and Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) are pleased to announce a second year of the course. Starting September 2020 and based in the Gaeltacht, this traineeship is for new entrants with a real passion for film and TV, who hope to build a career in the screen sector and learn through Irish. The traineeship aims to produce the kind of technically and creatively multi-skilled individual that is required in a rapidly developing industry. This programme has been developed by industry for industry, and participants on the programme will be trained and supported within film and TV companies and in the classroom. The five core competencies covered by the programme will be:

  • Technical skills
  • Creative skills
  • Project management
  • Research, marketing, and communications
  • Floor and set skills

Trainees will have the opportunity to assist with a wide range of technical support and operational areas, such as camera, lighting, sound and editing. The skills gained on this programme will enable participants to go on to work in many areas in film and TV at a junior level. Last year’s participants were able to complete industry work experience with production companies in the West of Ireland and also had the opportunity of working for the Galway Film Fleadh. Applicants should have, a leaving certificate or equivalent, a good verbal and written command of the English/Irish language (please note classes in Irish will be provided), a passion for working in film and TV, ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, the ability to work on their own initiative, computer skills, and a strong work ethic and motivation. Speaking about the traineeship, Eithne Nic Dhonnchadha, Director of Further Education and Training, GRETB said, “Creating opportunities for learners to upskill and engage in education and training programmes such as this Media Traineeship in An Spidéal ensures that industries can thrive in an ever-changing environment. Learners are immersed in the key skills required to work in a dynamic industry as well as having an opportunity to further their studies by progressing to Higher Education. The courses is delivered by media practitioners through Irish which in itself creates significant opportunities”. Gareth Lee, Manager of Screen Skills Ireland, added, “Screen Skills Ireland is delighted to support a second year of this industry-supported and hands-on traineeship that will see trainees gain vital skills and practical experience across a wide range of areas in order to thrive in the film and TV sector.” The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 17 September 2020. Those interested in the course can contact or apply online at