What We Do

Screen Training Ireland is continually evaluating industry growth and change in terms of training needs, identifying future skills needs and ongoing professional development for a growing industry. All Screen Training Ireland courses are developed in direct and ongoing consultation with industry professionals across all disciplines, and tutors are top national and international industry practitioners working at the cutting edge of the industry.

The integrated model of training needs analysis, programme design and training delivery provides maximum benefit and value for money for industry skills enhancement.

Screen Training Ireland categorise skills needs in three core areas, Creativity and Creative Collaboration, Production & Technical Skills and Business & Enterprise. In addition Screen Training Ireland supports high level international training opportunities through the bursary scheme and through our support of programmes such as Guiding Lights, Inside Pictures, EAVE and ACE.

Screen Training Ireland offer training opportunities in the following areas:

  • business and enterprise training to enhance expertise in business management and strategy development;
  • masterclasses and specialised programmes to assist experienced professionals avail of advanced development opportunities;
  • programmes to meet long term development needs in the creative areas of Script, Directing and Producing;
  • short focused courses to meet updating, upgrading and transfer skills needs of professionals;
  • pathways to progression for technical professionals through traineeships and bridging programmes;
  • International training and the Bursary Award scheme enabling experienced professionals to participate in training opportunities on the international circuit and where necessary design a development opportunity customised to meet their individual needs.

All Screen Training Ireland programmes are approved at Board Level and are evaluated and modified based on feedback from participants, tutors and the industry.

Training for the Screen Sector

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education and training institution. An apprenticeship prepares participants for a specific occupation and leads to a qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Apprenticeships are on a statutory footing, and approved by the Apprenticeship Council, SOLAS, and the Higher Education Authority.  Apprenticeships require a registered employer for the apprentice.  Craft apprentices can do their on-the-job blocks in the film industry (as long as they have an employer).   Apprenticeships can now be offered at Level 6 (Advanced/Higher Certificate) to Level 10 (PhD).  Apprenticeships are a minimum of two and maximum of 4 years in duration.

The employer pays the Apprenticeship’s salary for the duration.

Screen Training Ireland Apprenticeships

Screen Training Ireland are currently developing a Animation CG Technical Artist apprenticeship with Dublin Institute of Technology and Animation Skillnet. This apprenticeship is a level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Click here for an overview of the NFQ levels.

Traineeships

Traineeship is a programme of structured training which combines learning in an education and training setting and in the workplace aiming to improve recruitment and employment outcomes for participants and increase retention and productivity within industry.  Traineeships gives participants the opportunity to develop cutting edge skills and knowledge on-the-job, making them more skilled, more employable and enhancing their career options and enables employers to access a pipeline of talent and learners.

Traineeships are not statutory, the Department of Education and Skills are streamlining traineeships under a model managed by SOLAS and the Education and Training Boards.  Traineeships are between six months to eighteen months in duration, and at least 50% of learning on the job.  Traineeships are offered from L4 (Leaving Cert) to L7 (Ordinary Batchelor Degree). Read more about the NFQ levels here 

Trainees are not paid by the employer, but are paid a training allowance via the Department of Social Protection.  Employers may offer a top-up for out-of-pocket expenses.

Screen Training Ireland have a number on traineeships currently underway and others in development with various training stakeholders.

The VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship was launched in 2015 in partnership with Animation Skillnet and the Irish Film Board.  Now in it’s third iteration this highly successful programme takes place over an intensive 6-month period, with a short intensive period of upfront training, followed by a mixture of on-the-job and classroom based training.  Selected participants are matched with leading animation, VFX and games studios and participate in tailored training through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland. The VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship is a full-time programme for which a training allowance/bursary is made available to selected participants.

The Animation Studio Assistant Traineeship was launched in November 2017. Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB), Screen Training Ireland, Young Irish Filmmakers and Animation Skillnet formed a collaboration with international award-winning animation studio Cartoon Saloon to deliver the traineeship.

Sixteen trainees are currently participating in this nine-month career traineeship in Kilkenny which includes a mix of on-the-job training and specialist training in animation software.  On completion of the traineeship participants will receive QQI certification.

A Digital Production Assistant traineeship is currently in development with SOLAS, City of Dublin ETB and Ballyfermot College of Further Education and will be focused on VFX technical skills.

A Media Production Assistant traineeship is in development with SOLAS, Limerick Clare ETB, Galway Roscommon ETB, and Kildare Wicklow ETB.  SOLAS has identified this traineeship as a key area for consideration.

Work-based Learning

STI supports a range of initiatives that are bespoke, agile and designed to suit the specific needs of productions and individuals.  These initiatives tend to be uncertified, due to their shorter duration, specific training needs, and tight timelines involved. STI welcomes dialogue with productions and production companies to identify potential work-based learning opportunities that can be structured and supported.

  • Placements/internships: This encompasses work-based learning initiatives that are shorter term and uncertified and are focused on specific productions, for example, the Red Rock Training initiative, a partnership with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Red Rock.  This model was very successful and will be rolled out to other productions. A script supervision placement on Striking Out is currently in place.
  • STI are also developing placement opportunities on VIKINGS and NIGHTFLYERS.   Learners are mentored in specific departments for a period of 6-8 weeks on a paid placement, with goal-setting, weekly task sheets, learning journals, and additional short courses that may have accreditation or tickets for example Health & Safety training.
  • Shadowing: Shadowing opportunities are designed for experienced professionals seeking to up-skill or upgrade and are aimed towards creative talent such as directors.  STI has offered director shadowing on a number of productions, including RED ROCK and CAN’T COPE WON’T COPE.
  • Mentoring: STI has a number of mentoring initiatives in development, including a mentoring fund for animation/VFX. The Bursary Award Scheme  provides support for individuals on structured work programmes and mentoring overseas.
  • Structured Work Based Learning: Screen Training Ireland is developing initiatives for specialist skills development in a structured, supervisor-supported work environment.  This model of training is particularly useful for technical and specialist skills development.A model for Drafting in Art Dept is currently in development.