Screen Skills Ireland

Screen Skills Ireland is the skills development business unit within Fis Éireann/Screen Ireland (SI), the national development agency for the creative screen industry. Screen Skills Ireland has responsibility for investing in people and skills development across film, television and animation.

Screen Skills Ireland designs, develops and delivers industry-focused skills development initiatives encompassing film, TV, animation, games and VFX, for all roles from new entrants to company leaders.

Screen Skills Ireland have introduced the Screen Mentoring Funding Scheme as a key initiative to invest in the continuous professional development of professionals in the Irish screen sectors.

Screen Mentoring Funding Scheme

Screen Skills Ireland’s Screen Mentoring Funding Scheme offers screen professionals structured mentoring support at key stages in their career development across business, creative and/or technical mentoring.

There will be two mentee calls per year (one in April/May and one in September/October) to support 25 mentees per call to access mentor support.

Mentoring can be delivered face-to-face or remotely with remote mentoring being the focus currently due to COVID-19.

Mentoring can work in different ways, depending on the up-skilling requirements, structure, and focus. Applicants may consider the following:

Business Mentoring

(emerging or mid-career producers/business owners)

A number of meetings/ consultations over a defined period with an established producer or business leader.

Creative Mentoring

Different mentoring interventions based on mentee needs and mentor availability, e.g. sounding board and feedback; portfolio/showreel evaluation; career or business development.

Technical Mentoring

Focused mentoring to enhance specific technical skills, e.g. one-to-one guidance; honing of career skills; & career development.

How the Scheme Works

The mentor provides practical tailored advice and guidance based on their industry experience, on a one to one basis. Mentors are a confidential sounding board, advising the mentee on key business and professional development issues. Mentors do not act as consultants. They facilitate decision making by helping mentees to come up with their own ideas and actions.

Mentees are assigned a mentor, by the Screen Skills Ireland Funding Schemes panel, and allocated up to 20 hours of mentoring time over a 5-10 meeting assignment, over a 12-month period.

Mentoring can be local or international. Meetings are predominantly face-to-face but can also be online. Currently, with COVID-19 restrictions, remote mentoring is the focus of the scheme.

The mentor’s fee is covered by Screen Skills Ireland but mentees will have to cover their own expenses such as travel/subsistence.

The Role of the Mentee

Mentees need to come with a very clear idea of their professional need to focus the process – a precise request must be expressed from the outset.

The mentee is expected to drive the partnership by organising meetings (dates and times mindful of the mentor’s schedule and commitments), defining goals and preparing questions to discuss specific topics, identify possibilities and agree actions.

Mentees will be encouraged, challenged and supported by the mentor to learn and grow professionally.

Mentees will be expected to commit to actions and review progress with the mentor through an initial, interim and final report. Excerpts from the Final Report may be published on the Screen Skills Ireland website and social media channels with the prior approval of the mentor and mentee.

Am I Eligible?

The Scheme is for industry professionals working in the Irish screen sector with a minimum of three year’s full-time experience relevant to the job area of the applicant.

The application process is competitive. Benefit to the Irish Film, Television, Animation and related sectors must accrue from the applicants’ participation in the scheme.

Applicants should demonstrate: the relevance of mentoring to professional development; immediate up-skilling requirements and long-term goals; commitment and motivation to continuous development in the screen industries.