Animation, VFX & Games Graduate Traineeship 2021

Call for Applications

Animation Skillnet and Screen Skills Ireland are currently seeking applicants for the next iteration of the hugely successful graduate Traineeship Programme for Animation, VFX and Games, which is supported by Skillnet Ireland under the Skills Connect Programme.

In 2020, the studios that took part in the programme included Algorithm, Cartoon Saloon, Giant Animation, Lighthouse Studios, Piranha Bar, TouchPress/StoryToys and Vela Games.

The programme, 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.

The 2021 programme will take place over a 3-month period (12 weeks) from end of May to end of August 2021

Over the course of the programme, each trainee will work in-house in the studio where they will receive on the job training. (Some trainees may be required to work remotely depending on each participating studio’s policy regarding remote-working during COVID-19).

In addition to on-the-job training, the trainee will receive additional tailored training through Animation Skillnet and Screen Skills Ireland before they enter the studio and at other agreed times over the 3 months. 

The Traineeship programme will commence on Monday the 24th of May 2021 with approximately one week of up-front training/induction and will finish on Friday the 20th of August 2021.

A training allowance/bursary will be made available to participants (400 Euro a week for the 3 months/12 weeks).

Start Date: Monday 24th of May 2021.

End Date: Friday 20th of August 2021.

Please note the following important points before applying:

  • All candidates must be available on a full-time basis for the entire duration of the Traineeship, including the induction week.
  • Part or all of the placement might be taking place remotely, due to the ongoing restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Only those who are shortlisted will be called for interview.​
  • Trainees participating in the programme must be based in Ireland.

Interested applicants should upload a CV Link or LinkedIn link and showreel/portfolio link and complete the form at the link below:

Deadline for applications: Monday the 12th of April at 12pm

Interviews will be held in late April with Final Selection on Friday the 7th of May 2021.

All applications will be evaluated and shortlisted for interview by a panel of industry experts, in consultation with Screen Skills Ireland and Animation Skillnet.

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