A TG4 and Údarás na Gaeltachta Media Training Development Scheme was launched by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, with Seán Kyne TD, Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, on July 12th in the Galmont Hotel, Galway during the Galway Film Fleadh.
The scheme is a partnership between TG4, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the independent production sector, with support from various media training and skills development bodies. The aim of the scheme is to support independent production companies to develop the skills and talent of an emerging generation of Irish speaking talent to work in the sector.
Ten independent production companies are participating in the scheme, with each company mentoring a trainee for a period of one year. Trainees will receive practical experience and expertise in specific skills areas such as Editors, Directors, Researchers, Assistant Producers and Production Development Staff. The participating companies are spread the length and breadth of Ireland, from Dingle to Dublin and Galway to An Rinn. They specialise in various genres, from young peoples’ television to sport, factual to music, arts and drama. The companies are Macalla, Midas, Aniar, Fíbín, Telegael, Nemeton, Red Shoe, Iris, Ros na Rún and Tua Films.
In addition to the practical experience with the production companies, training partners Screen Skills Ireland, Gréasán na Meán and Galway Film Centre will support trainees with bespoke training courses, and a programme of industry workshops which will be accredited by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology,
Speaking at the launch, Minister Bruton said, “As the national Irish language public service broadcaster, TG4 play an important role in bringing Irish language content to audiences in Ireland and throughout the world. The scheme being launched today shows great initiative and innovative thinking. The partnership between TG4 and Údarás na Gaeltachta recognises an opportunity and will have a major impact on the media sector.”
In his address at the launch, Alan Esslemont, CEO at TG4 stated, “As a Public Service Broadcaster, TG4 creates public value in the content we create, but TG4 also creates capacity within the creative sector, through our support of independent production sector in the regions. The training scheme strengthens this capacity and talent in Gaeltacht and regional areas.”