Screen content is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. The Irish Screen industries are thriving. In July 2018 the Irish Government published the Audio Visual Action Plan with the aim of achieving Pillar 4 of the Creative Ireland Programme, namely ‘Ireland as a Centre of Excellence for Media Production’ with the related target of doubling turnover and employment over the next 5 years.
It is clear that the ongoing development of screen skills will be a critical factor in achieving this ambitious target. All industry and education stakeholders have a role to play in supporting skills development for the sector.
“In 2017 I completed four courses with Screen Training Ireland including Drafting and Rhino for the Art Department, and Health and Safety for TV and Film. These courses have been an enormous help in obtaining a position in the field and being able to hit the ground running. Within the art department there are certain methods and procedures for how drawings are done. I became familiar with a number of these methods which meant that when I started my first job as a trainee, I was able to adapt to the role much quicker than before.”
– Robert Barrett, Art Department Trainee.
Screen Skills Ireland is leading the way by:
- Engaging with industry to establish the skills needs of the sector.
- Designing, developing and delivering courses related to film, TV, animation, games and VFX, for all roles from new entrants to company leaders.
- Providing funding for festival masterclasses, events, international training courses and mentoring.
- Supporting a variety of work-based learning initiatives including traineeships, apprenticeships and shadowing.
Our Aims and Objectives
Over the next 5 years Screen Skills Ireland will continue to play a strategic leadership role in the development of skills for the screen industries in Ireland.
In consultation with the Skills Sub-Committee, Screen Skills Ireland are developing an Action Plan to be published in early 2019 to outline aims and objectives for the organisation and the wider industry.