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Skills & Training

Grip Department Trainee


We are currently looking for a Grip Trainee. The main role of a Grip Trainee is to learn the trade. Grips’ equipment, cranes, jibs, and dollies (the wheeled platform that carries a camera and camera operator), can be used in different ways. Trainee grips watch everything that’s happening; learn how the gear is used and how to operate it.

A Grip Trainee will start the day by helping to unload the truck with the gear that supports the cameras. Under supervision from the qualified Grips, they have to move heavy equipment to the correct place on location.

Grip Trainees are on set throughout the day. At the end of each shot, they help put away equipment that’s no longer needed and set up the kit for the next shot. They do this until the end of the filming day.

Essential Criteria:

  • Demonstrate a keen interest in the Grip Department
  • Knowledge of cameras and an interest to learn about camera support mechanisms
  • Ability to learn on the job through observing surroundings and asking questions at appropriate moments
  • Ability to work as a team and communicate well, especially when under pressure
  • Good time keeping

Desirable Criteria:

Please note: If you are offered a placement on our Production, Craft and Technical Scheme and do not have a driving license, it is a condition of the offer that you obtain your license within one year of the placement start date. A failure to do so may result in the termination of your placement.

Location: Various across Northern Ireland at times so access to a car would be helpful.

Hours: 60 hours per week – start and finish times may vary depending on the work schedule at the time.

Please click HERE to apply.

Should you require an application form in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources via email [email protected] or on 028 90 232444.

Deadline for applications: 12 Noon on Wednesday 13th July

PLEASE NOTE: Under no circumstances will applications be accepted after this deadline.

NB: Due to the high volume of applications Northern Ireland Screen receive, unfortunately we are unable to offer individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

There may a reserve list of applicants drawn up for this post which would last for a maximum of 12 months. Should a similar post become vacant within this time, it may be offered to those on the reserve list, in order of merit, without further interview.

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