Nine trainees to receive on-the-job training and mentoring with leading Irish animation, VFX, and games studios.
Animation Skillnet and Screen Ireland are delighted to announce the Animation, VFX & Games Graduate Traineeship participants and host studios for the first programme of 2022.
The traineeship, which has been running since 2016, has a great track record with over 90% of participants going on to gain further work in the industry, either with their host studio or with another studio. Last year 16 trainees were placed in studios for the two programmes of 2021.
Targeted at developing skills and talent in the Irish animation, VFX, and games sectors, this iteration of the programme will take place over a 3 month period. It will involve a mix of on-the-job learning and mentoring with studios remotely as well as additional specialist training delivered through Screen Ireland and Animation Skillnet.
The 4 participating studios and 9 trainees for the first Graduate Traineeship Programme of 2022 are:
- Jam Media: Robyn Coleman, Marshall O’Connor and Victor Gomes
- Daily Madness: Abigail Webster and Sinead Treacy
- Distillery Films: Dounia Couasnon and Julia Malinowska
- StoryToys: Katie Soden and Saoirse Godbold
The traineeship kicks off on Tuesday the 7th of June with a week of specialised online training, featuring talks from experts on the latest creative and technological advances in the area of VFX and animation, as well as soft skills such as emotional intelligence and time management.
Speaking about the traineeship, Gareth Lee, Manager of the skills department within Screen Ireland, said, “We are very pleased to be launching this year’s first iteration of this highly successful programme. We were delighted to be able to support 16 trainees in total over the course of 2021. The Irish animation, VFX, and games sectors are hugely important to Ireland’s digital and creative economy and the traineeship continues to be an integral link to bring new talent into the sector.”