Magazine article Screen International

Ireland Launches Animation, VFX Apprenticeships

Magazine article Screen International

Ireland Launches Animation, VFX Apprenticeships

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EXCLUSIVE: The Irish animation and VFX industries are getting a new apprenticeship programme, backed by Animation Skillnet, Screen Training Ireland and the Irish Film Board.

Gareth Lee, manager at Animation Skillnet, told Screen at this weekend's VFX Summit in Dublin that the scheme was the "first programme of its kind in Ireland."

The pilot edition for 2015, which will open for applications in the new year, will offer 10 places for apprentices to work at different studios in Ireland. The trainees are likely to be "recent graduates looking for their first break into the industry," he said.

Companies that have shown interest in having apprentices include Brown Bag, Windmill Lane, Screen Scene and Giant Animation.

"It is predominantly based in Ireland but we are also exploring the possibilities that some of them will spend time abroad," Lee said.

Teresa McGrane, deputy CEO of the Irish Film Board, also noted that "formalized training modules would run alongside the apprenticeships. …

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