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Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Training Programmes offered to meet demands of Animation Sector

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Training Programmes offered to meet demands of Animation Sector

Friday, January 23, 2015 

Training Programmes offered to meet demands of Animation Sector

Irish animation is a dynamic, growing and highly international sector that is making a significant impact on the global animation scene. Up to 1,500 people are employed in the Irish animation sector.

Irish animation companies are becoming more export focused, providing award-winning content that is bought by companies such as Disney, Nickelodeon and the BBC and viewed by millions in over 130 territories worldwide.

Skills in this sector are highly specialised and there are many government supported training and skills programmes to help train and fulfil the demand in this sector.

Screen Training Ireland (STI), the training arm of the Irish Film Board, provides training across all sectors of the industry and is particularly active in the area of digital production, which includes animation. Over the past number of years, STI has trained almost 1,500 professionals at all levels in the animation industry, from graduates entering the industry to animation CEOs.

STI has worked closely with local studios and industry bodies such as Animation Ireland and the VFX Association of Ireland in order to develop training opportunities that reflect labour market realities.

Visit the STI website

ASSET Programme

The ASSET Programme is a flexible and bespoke training scheme led entirely by the individual participant. Candidates can apply for an individual training fund with which they can choose a range of training interventions in order to enhance their specialist skills within the animation pipeline.

Participants working in a studio may choose to adopt a mentor or avail of local or international training; freelancers can avail of a work placement in an animation studio; or avail of currently available online training tools. The ASSET Programme aims to develop the VFX and Animation industries by focusing on developing the core specialist skills critical to these sectors and aims to enhance specialist design skills in the film production sector.

Details of the Asset Programme are available here.

The Bridge Programme

STI and the IFB have for the past two years supported The Bridge Programme, an initiative of Animation Skillnets and the Dublin Business Innovation Centre, which pairs teams of animation graduates with local studios on active projects, in order to expose them to professional working practices in a studio environment.

The Bridge initiative creates “Industry Ready” participants who have experience of the culture of business and the expectation of the delivery of outputs. A number of these graduates have subsequently found employment in animation studios. The Bridge initiative is funded through Skillnets Job Seekers Support Programme.

Click here to visit the Animation Skillnet

The success of the Irish animation sector has been recognised with numerous Emmy, BAFTA and Oscar nominations. Cartoon Saloon is one such animation company receiving national and international acclaim. The Kilkenny based business has been nominated twice for an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category; five years ago for The Secret of Kells and this year for Song of the Sea. The studio works with many international clients including Disney, BBC and Cartoon Network.

Read more about how Ireland’s film and animation industry is growing from strength to strength. 

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