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Northern Ireland Screen Announces Irish Language Broadcast Fund New Entrants Scheme 2019
09 May 2019 : News Desk
Irish Language Broadcast Fund
Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund is seeking applications from fluent Irish speakers for the ILBF New Entrant Scheme in Television Skills.

Trainees on the schemes will learn the craft of television while on placement with television production companies throughout Northern Ireland.

The ILBF New Entrant Scheme is a 12 month paid placement (minimum wage) aimed at those who are new to the industry – [6 training places in total].  An essential criterion for the scheme is that applicants must be fluent in written and spoken Irish.

Where is it based?

The trainees are placed with television production companies and with the local TV station in Belfast and other locations in Northern Ireland.

Who is eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you can answer YES to these two questions and meet the essential criteria as outlined below.

  • Are you eligible to work in Northern Ireland?
  • Are you available to participate in the scheme from September 2019 – August 2020.

If you cannot answer YES to these two questions, please do not apply.  Ineligible applications will be automatically discarded.

Applications from individuals from under-represented groups are particularly welcome.

Essential criteria:

  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in both Irish and English.
  • Knowledge of Irish language culture.
  • A keen interest in media, particularly relating to Irish language.
  • Competent in the use of Information Systems.
  • An ability to work under pressure and to agreed deadlines.
  • An aptitude for developing relationships and working with others as part of a team.

Desirable criteria:

  • A third level qualification in any of the following would be desirable: Irish; Media Studies; Accounting; Business Studies; Law.
  • Practical media experience.

How do I apply?

To apply to the ILBF New Entrants Scheme in Television Skills applicants must submit the following via Northern Ireland Screen’s online application form where you will be asked to complete sections relating to:

  • Education & Training.
  • Work Experience.
  • A paragraph of approximately 700 words confirming that you meet the criteria of the scheme, your aims for the future and how this scheme would help you achieve them.
  • Details of two referees.

All sections, in English and in Irish, must be completed.

You can access the online application system here. Should you require an application form in an alternate format, please contact Doireann Nic Dhomhnaill, ILBF Officer at doireann@northernirelandscreen.co.ukPlease note, if this is your first time applying for a role using this system, you will be prompted to create a profile. Once registered, the system will retain your information for any future roles you apply for.

How will applications be assessed?

Representatives of Northern Ireland Screen will assess your application based on the following criteria:

  • The information contained within the applicant’s paragraph confirming that they meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Strength of work experience and references from referees.
  • Suitability of the scheme for the applicant.
  • In the event of a high number of applications being received the desirable criteria will be used to shortlist for interview.

Deadline for applications: 5 pm – Tuesday, 21st May 2019.

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