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Animation, VFX & Games Graduate Traineeship 2020: Call for Applications
29 Jul 2020 : News Desk
Screen Skills Ireland
Screen Skills Ireland and Animation Skillnet are seeking applicants for the next iteration of the hugely successful graduate Traineeship Programme for Animation, VFX and Games, which is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Animation Ireland.

The programme, which has been running since 2016, has an excellent 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. Studios that took part in the 2019-20 programme included Algorithm, Cartoon Saloon, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lighthouse Studios, Piranha Bar and TouchPress/StoryToys.

Over the course of the programme, each trainee will work with a 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 will commence on Monday, 21st of September 2020 with approximately one week of up-front training/induction and will finish on Friday, 18th of December 2020.

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

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.​

Application Process:

Interested applicants should upload a CV or LinkedIn link and showreel/portfolio link to:


Deadline for applications: 12pm on Monday 17th August 2020.

Interviews will be held in late August with final selections made on Friday, 11th September, 2020.

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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