Trade schools are the main source of film education, with a number of them serving as the backbone of the industry, including the BFI, the National Film Board and the Film Council of Ireland.
This year, we will see the launch of the Film Institute of Ireland (FI), the first Irish-language film school to be accredited by the BBFC.
The move is an important step towards the launch this fall of the National Distribution Centre (NDC) in the City of Cork, which will be the centre for all of Ireland’s film distribution.
This new centre will provide access to films from all of the major distributors.
In the past, many of the films that would normally be released at this location were released at other sites, and it’s vital that the trade schools can provide the education and knowledge needed to ensure that the films we make are accessible to a wider audience.
The new trade schools will also help to expand access to the film industry in the Republic, particularly in the rural areas where many of us live.
Trade schools need to be open to all.
The current system of distribution is broken in this country and has made it difficult for the trade school community to find jobs, access financial aid and access to employment and education opportunities.
Trade school graduates are now one of the most highly educated groups in Ireland, with an average of 27.9 per cent of students in higher education having gone on to a higher education.
We must provide them with the tools they need to make a living in this sector.
Trade-school graduates should not be excluded from the labour market because of the lack of training in their areas of study.
We need to find a way to ensure these graduates have the training and skills that they need, while ensuring that they can access support and opportunities in the industry.
We can do this by supporting trade schools and ensuring that we provide them the resources they need and the support that they deserve.
The Irish Film Institute will operate in Cork, while the NDC will operate throughout the Republic.
The BBFC, however, will continue to have a role in the education of trade school graduates.
It will work closely with the trade-schools to ensure they are fully accredited and to ensure their ongoing training and support.
In order to ensure the continuing supply of education in the film and film-making sectors in the country, we need to ensure our education system is aligned with our industry, which has been growing exponentially in recent years.
We have an opportunity to make Ireland a place where the best and brightest from all backgrounds can thrive, and we will continue our efforts to build upon this legacy.