AIS helps train workers for Ireland’s thriving film industry

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Far left: AIS Training instructor Gary Burke takes delegates through the new film rigging course in Limerick

Industrial trainer, AIS is helping to train much-needed riggers for the growing film industry on the west coast of Ireland.

AIS Training, which is headquartered in North Shields, has worked with the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Troy Studios to develop and deliver a new 10-day professional film rigging course in Limerick.

The course provides an introduction to tube and fitting scaffold and has been specially tailored to the equipment and environments used in the film industry.

Ireland’s film industry is booming with filming on the €53m budget production of the television adaptation of George RR Martin’s Nightflyers recently completed at Troy Studios. The much-anticipated Syfy series, being produced by NBC Universal and Universal Cable Productions, along with Wild Atlantic Pictures, is expected to screen on Netflix in the Autumn.

Eimear Brophy, Further Education and Training Manager with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, said: “We were delighted to work with AIS Training to provide this much-needed training for the Irish film sector.  With no previous large-scale film production studio in the region prior to the establishment of Troy Studios, it has been particularly difficult to source riggers for film work with the right level of training,

“In fact, there is no certification for training tube and fitting in Ireland. So, following this course Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Troy Studios hope to develop a standard course with
AIS Training that could be rolled out for the Irish film sector on a nationwide basis.”

Dave Brannon, sales manager at AIS Training, said: “It has been a pleasure to develop this specialist course in conjunction with the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Troy Studios. I understand Limerick has the potential to create up to 1,000 jobs in the screen production sector in the next three to five years so it’s great to be able to help the region up-skill its workforce in preparation.”