The National Talent Academies (Academies) recognise that diversity and inclusion help to support creativity and innovation: they are an essential ingredient in a successful organisation. We are committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion and to ensuring there is no discrimination in our Academies. We want our participants to be truly representative of all sections of society. We want our Academies to be a place in which every participant feels respected and able to give their best.

To that end, this policy provides a framework of equality and fairness for all participants. It expresses our commitment not to discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital status (including civil partnerships), race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, language and sexual orientation. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

This policy applies to all participants, who will be treated fairly and with respect. Participant selection will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. Access to opportunities for promotion, training or any other benefit will also be on the basis of aptitude and ability. All participants will be encouraged to develop their full potential and talents and resources of the organisation will be fully utilised to maximise the creativity and success of the Academies and the participants.

We will:

  • Actively seek to increase the number of people we work with who are from groups/communities who are under-represented in the film, television and animation industry as a whole, or in particular job roles in the industry.
  • Review all our formal and informal participant selection practices and procedures to ensure they are fair and help us to identify the best talent.
  • Identify and take opportunities to increase the diversity of participant selection.
  • Ensure reasonable adjustments are made to enable people with a disability or special requirements to participate in opportunities within the Academies.
  • Actively seek to increase the diversity of our talent networks.
  • Create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all participants are recognised and valued.
  • Ensure every participant is able to be part of an environment that promotes dignity and respect for all. We will not tolerate any form of intimidation, bullying or harassment.
  • Ensure training, development and progression opportunities are available to participants.

We have set ourselves the following diversity targets/goals:

  • To increase the number of participants who are from groups/communities that are under-represented in the film, television and animation industry as a whole, or in particular job roles in the industry by engaging with local advocacy
  • groups and organisations.
  • To make sure participant selection factors are fair and help us to identify the best talent.
  • To create an environment that we can enable disabled people to participate in our opportunities.
  • To engage with participants throughout the training process to make sure their contributions are recognised and valued.
  • To promote a dignified and respectful environment for all.
  • To have a no tolerance policy for intimidation, bullying or harassment.
  • To provide participants with training, development and progression opportunities and implement a participant feedback programme.

We will monitor the success of this policy and review our progress regularly.

The Academies have a Reasonable Accommodation Policy which is reviewed regularly and a Disability Inclusion Policy which is a best practice commitment to ensuring full inclusion for anyone who engages with the opportunities available through the Academies.

Definition of Diversity.

The Academies recognise the underrepresentation of diverse talent within the screen industry and encourages and promotes participation from individuals who may have felt precluded from the industry in the past. Within the Academies, diversity covers the following grounds:

Marital status
Family status
Sexual orientation
Membership of the Traveller community
Socioeconomic disadvantage

*The NTA defines regional talent as talent who are habitually resident in the regions in the Republic of Ireland (outside Dublin and Wicklow).