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New competency framework launched for crew in the Irish Screen Sector
11 Jul 2022 : News Desk
Crew in the Irish Screen Sector
Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and Screen Guilds of Ireland have launched a new Competency Framework for crew working in the Irish screen sector at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

Building on the recent wave of expansion and growth in the screen sector, Screen Ireland has stated its commitment to continued investment in the talent and skills required for its future success. Within this context, Screen Ireland was delighted to support Screen Guilds of Ireland through the Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme to develop the Competency Framework for crew. 

The development of the Competency Framework involved in-depth engagement with 17 crew guilds and the resulting document will serve as an invaluable learning resource for the sector – one developed by crew, for crew.

The Competency Framework will assist the sector by: 

  • Providing a template for tracking skills, personal and career development for crew 
  • Enhancing access opportunities and recruitment practices 
  • Clarifying progression routes and pathways for career development 
  • Aiding third level institutions and other training providers to develop new curricula that is better aligned with actual job roles as they operate within the industry 

Speaking on the significance of the Competency Framework, Gareth Lee, Skills Manager at Screen Ireland, said: “Growing the crewbase in a sustainable way is vital to the ongoing development of the screen sector in Ireland and the Competency Framework published today will be a crucial resource for achieving further success. An enormous amount of time and effort went into the development of the Competency Framework and Screen Ireland would like to commend all those involved, especially Screen Guilds of Ireland led by Jess Drum, for their enthusiasm and commitment in delivering on this project.”

Jess Drum, CEO of Screen Guilds of Ireland, added: “The Competency Framework is a valuable tool for anyone interested in joining the film industry, it provides a clear outline for career progression. It will also provide a guide for crew to monitor training and upskilling. This is a live document which will evolve with the industry. We would like to extend our gratitude to Screen Ireland for their support and guidance throughout the project, in particular Gareth and Emer, and also Pippa Robertson for her dedication and patience.”

The Competency Framework is a live document, and Screen Ireland and Screen Guilds of Ireland have stated that they are committed to monitoring and updating it when required to ensure that it remains relevant in an ever-changing industry. 

Click here to view the Competency Framework for crew.

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