We’ll support your career

Did you think unions were just there for when you’ve got a problem? We are here for that, but we also want to help you get on and develop in your career..

Bectu gives you exclusive access to training, mentoring and networking. We have a dedicated training team and provide regular opportunities for networking and mentoring.

The more you get involved in the union, the more beneficial it can be for your career. For example, you could get opportunities to make connections with senior people in your company or industry leaders.

Reps are offered in-depth training which is designed not only to help them be a good rep for members in their branch, but to develop skills that can help them thrive in their career.

Join Bectu and get access to tools to help you develop your career

Member benefits

University discounts

A number of universities and colleges offer course discounts for union members including Birkbeck, the University of London and the National Extension College.


UnionLearn is an arm of the TUC, dedicated to promoting union learning. It is responsible for managing the Union Learning Fund and produces a range of publications and other materials to aid individuals with their own learning and development.

Already a Bectu member? Find out how to access these benefits

Vocational benefits for Bectu members

Insurance for freelancers

The two-in-one plan provides public liability cover of up to £10 million as well as personal accident cover of £100 a week. Find out more.

Early Bird

Early Bird is a comprehensive listing of upcoming film and TV productions, complete with start dates and important contact details. Learn more and find the latest edition of Early Bird here.


Members with at least three months’ union membership working in make-up, wigs and hair, costume or as background artistes can now apply for MAC’s professional members’ scheme MAC Pro for discounts on MAC Pro products and professional support. Members should complete this revised application form to benefit from two years’ free membership (either on registration or renewal). Members should be ready to upload their membership number and date of joining. Use this email address for help with any queries.

  • Go to: www.macpro.com/application
  • Select United Kingdom
  • Fill in personal details and select NEXT
  • Select MAKEUP ARTIST UNION from the dropdown menu and upload Bectu membership information and date of joining to complete the application.
If you have any queries about the MAC Pro scheme please email [email protected]


Find out more about member benefits

Expert advice when you need it

Legal fees – why we’re different

Money-saving discounts

Getting you a good pay deal at work