Screen Training Ireland welcomes today’s publication of the Report in respect of a Strategy for the Development of Skills for the Audiovisual Industry in Ireland. The Report was commissioned by Bord Scannán Na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and was carried out by consultants Crowe Horwath. The report provides a number of key recommendations which include a national strategy for the screen industries and a new policy framework for training and skills development for the audiovisual sector. In addition, models for best training practice will be developed and supported. Screen Training Ireland is currently progressing work in the areas of occupational skills profiling, career mapping, and work-based learning opportunities. STI recognises the importance of career pathways, and looks forward to developing a range of responses to current skills needs including mentoring, traineeships, apprenticeships and continuous professional development initiatives. STI will continue to collaborate and engage with a wide network of training providers in the sector including the Galway Film Centre, Film In Cork, Bow Street and Animation Skillnet to address skills shortages in the screen sectors. STI will also continue to collaborate closely with industry, and industry representative bodies, to identify skills gaps and training needs and develop innovative solutions. STI looks forward to engaging with skills stakeholders nationally, including SOLAS, Skillnets, Education and Training Boards, Regional Skills Fora, and Further Education and Higher Education institutes to ensure that skills development strategies for the audiovisual industry are aligned with national skills policy and objectives. To this end, the industry and education forum recommended in the report will be a welcome step in exploring collaborative strategies for skills development in the screen sectors. To access the Strategy for the Development of Skills for the Audiovisual Industry in Ireland report please click here.