Animation Skillnet, Screen Training Ireland and the Irish Film Board have announced a new Traineeship Programme for the Irish Animation and VFX sectors. The announcement was made at the 2nd annual Irish VFX and Animation Summit, which took place in the Science Gallery on Saturday and Sunday 29th and 30th November.
The new Traineeship Programme will be piloted in 2015 with approximately 10 trainees and 10 Animation and VFX studios involved. It will run for approximately 12 months, and will involve a mix of on-the-job training/mentoring as well as additional specialist training/mentoring delivered through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland.
Teresa McGrane, Deputy CEO of the Irish Film Board, said that the Traineeship will crucially offer “formalised training modules running alongside the Traineeship itself”. Gareth Lee, Network Manager at Animation Skillnet, said: “This is the first programme of its kind in Ireland. The combination of on-the-job training and mentoring and off-site specialised training is particularly effective, and we look forward to working with local studios on shaping the curriculum in the coming weeks and months.”
The Traineeship is currently in development, and the partners are in the process of recruiting interested studios and trainees to take part in the pilot programme. It is anticipated that the scheme will be extended to a larger number of studios and trainees in 2016.