Animation Skillnet was established in July 2013 to address the current and future vital skills needs of the Animation, Games and VFX sectors in Ireland.


Animation Skillnet…

  • Runs regular (short and long) subsidised training courses for member companies and freelancers working in the sector. These courses are and will continue to be bespoke, specialist courses designed and delivered by industry professionals to address the needs identified by industry.
  • Offers subsidised (up to 30%) in-house training solutions to companies (for current staff or new recruits). The definition of training that qualifies for the subsidy can be broad and can include on-the-job training, placements and networking.
  • Offers subsidised rates to high level personnel in studios to attend key international events (conferences/markets etc.) such as the Kidscreen Summit, the Children’s Media Conference and Cartoon Forum.
  • Funds, organises and/or supports key conferences/networking events for the sector, including the Animation Dingle and Women In Animation Ireland to name a few.
  • Runs the Animation, Games and VFX Graduate Traineeship Programme for the animation and VFX sectors in Ireland in collaboration with Screen Skills Ireland.
  • Works closely with key stakeholders like Animation Ireland, VFXAIIMIRT, BAI and Screen Ireland to ensure our offering is relevant and meeting the needs of the sector.
  • Is working with others to develop a range of work-based learning initiatives for the sector including Traineeships, Apprenticeships and Mentoring programmes.

About Animation Skillnet

The promoting agency for Animation Skillnet is Furthr. Furthr provides the most comprehensive range of practical supports available to entrepreneurs in Ireland.

An industry focused Steering Group oversees the operation of the network and guides the strategic focus of Animation Skillnet. The members of the Steering Group are:

Animation Skillnet primarily focusses on supporting those in employment within the Animation sector/region. Whilst our key focus is on the needs of member companies, we also offer a small number of fully-funded programmes for jobseekers, subject to eligibility criteria and places being available on the programme.

Skills Connect

If you are currently not in employment and wish to upskill or reskill, you may be interested in training offered by other Skillnet Networks through Skills Connect. Further details of Skills Connect and the eligibility criteria can be found on the Skillnet Ireland website by clicking here.

Management Development

Enhancing management capacity, particularly in SMEs, is a national policy imperative and a major priority for Skillnet Ireland and our networks. The suite of Skillnet Ireland Management Development Management Programmes are available to help business owners and managers improve business performance and enable businesses achieve better results.


“Animation and games are creative and technically driven industries and our teams have to be constantly up-skilled in order to compete in this truly global market. Animation Skillnet is excellent in offering innovative, relevant training designed by leading practitioners within the industry and facilitates excellent networking and sharing of ideas across the sector.” Paul Young, CEO, Cartoon Saloon.

“I would highly recommend doing the Animation Skillnet courses, or being involved in the VFX & Animation Traineeship programme. These programmes with their focus on new technologies and industry trends have supported Pink Kong Studios greatly. I hope that Animation Skillnet, which is an extremely useful resource, keeps growing and supporting companies like ours to learn and grow as the industry changes.” Niamh Herrity, CEO, Pink Kong Studios

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