Free bitesize vocational learning


Join us on the Bitesize course to hone your professional and craft skills with courses to help maximise your online presence and write a script for radio.

The feedback from the sessions is overwhelmingly positive and we urge you to take a look at the offerings this week and book in to try out a session.  This phase of focus for the subjects will be Careers Support & Reskilling, Craft Skills, Digital ICT Skills and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

These two hour free sessions are hosted remotely and seek to up-skill and enrich members with a varied curriculum of training sessions and workshops. The sessions are available to all Union Members in England (due to funding restrictions); if you are interested in Training in Scotland and Wales, please explore the options available through the links attached.


0930 – 1200
Career Support 201.1: Beyond Redundancy (Part 1) with David Thomas – Participants: 12

Setting up on your own is daunting when you’ve not done it before, doubly so if you’ve been going through a redundancy process. Participants must be able to attend both sessions to sign up. Part 2 will be held on 23rd January at 9.30.

In this online workshop, David Thomas ( investigates ways to organise oneself post-redundancy, how to get to grips with forthcoming changes in taxation and plenty of short-cuts and templates so that you can hit the ground running. David will explain; the differences between employment, sole-trader and limited companies; how to split your finances; how tax and national insurance work, and getting ready for Making Tax Digital; keeping records while keeping your sanity; how to get paid on time and finally how not to work too hard, remain motivated and look after physical and mental wellbeing. Beyond Redundancy Part 1 – 16 Jan @9.30


09:30 – 11:30
Wellbeing 101 with Alison Surtees – Participants: 20

Alison Surtees invites you to an online wellness class which explores the oft-neglected topic of Mental Health. In this session (for which you will need a working webcam and microphone, direct participation is required), Alison will explain how best to keep your mind clear and healthy, teaching techniques useful to all walks of life.
Wellbeing 19 Jan @9.30


09:30 – 11:30
Professional Skills 101: Controlling Freelancer Finances with David Thomas
Participants: 30

BBC Alumnus David Thomas hosts this seminar explaining how to keep finances under control from a freelancer’s point of view; how to stick to the regulations and not waste time procrastinating.
Freelancer finances 21 Jan @9.30

13:30 – 15:30
Scriptwriting 202: Breaking Down A Story for TV Drama with Anji Loman Field – Participants: 10

How to develop an initial idea and prove a story concept. Each participant should submit a logline for a story in advance. Three of those loglines will be selected to be developed during the workshop, with everyone contributing towards the process, evaluating ideas and learning new skills along the way.
Breaking down a story 21 Jan @1.30


13:30 – 15:30
Wellbeing 109: Being Well with Pamella Bisson – Participants: 30

Good health and well-being starts with you!  Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” However, it is important to realise that wellbeing is a much broader concept than moment-to-moment happiness. According to research there are 5 things that can really boost our mental wellbeing; connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give! Promoting well-being can help prevent stress and create positive working environments where individuals in the production team and wider company can thrive.
Being well 26 Jan @1.30


09:30 – 11:30
Finance 103: Streamlining Your Business Finances Using Digital with Liz Hardwick – Participants: 30

Digitalisation in finance has accelerated over recent years, meaning there’s no longer any excuse for “shoebox accounting”, or even better, the trusty “receipt carrier bag”. Or is there? With so many solutions available to us, and many of them requiring a financial commitment to access them, it’s sometimes easier not to start, than start and realise you have made the wrong decision.

As Self-Employed and Freelancers, we often take responsibility for our own finances, and without a wider staff team to rely on, we aim to make the processes as slick and as simple as possible. Whether it’s collecting receipts, sending invoices or preparing our taxes, there are simple and cost effective solutions which give us back precious time to be working on the business.

Join Liz Hardwick from DigiEnable for this information-packed session, which will share with you a range of implementable solutions and options to streamline your financial processes.
Business finances 28 Jan@9.30

13:30 – 15:30
Wellbeing 108: Winter Health with Lorraine Hirst – Participants: 25

2020 was a testing year and, for many, the winter months can be even more challenging, especially with shorter days and therefore less daylight to boost our vitamin D.  The long haul of this pandemic doesn’t help. What can we do with food and other yummy things to boost our physical and mental wellbeing during this time and help us to be as well as we can be in the current circumstances? Join Lorraine Hirst, Nutritionist and Wellbeing Consultant, for this workshop to find out what the most effective strategies are for improving our mood and boosting our immune systems based on good science and traditional knowledge.  Wherever you are on your health journey, there will hopefully be some useful information for you in this session.
Winter Health 28 Jan @1.30


JET 7909 Electrical Programme (3 days) C&G accredited – developed by James Eade, Union Jack Club, Waterloo. This is a fee paying course, at a reduced cost to Bectu members. 

The course is fully up to date with the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018), IET guidance on the use of generators written by James Eade for the IET. It also incorporates new industry guidance from PLASA and the ABTT’s Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment.

This course will operate under the venue hire COVID requirements, alongside the specific training requirements for delivering the course (all students MUST bring their own equipment, outlined in the Eventbrite information page).
JET 7909 27 Feb – 1 March

SATURDAY 13th, 14th, 15th MARCH
JET 7909 March 2021

To get the most from these training sessions, please ensure you have downloaded the latest version of Zoom. Unless otherwise stated, we require your webcam to be active.

PLEASE READ: Session Attendance and Etiquette
To maximise accessibility sessions are offered during the week and Saturday mornings.

To enable widest possible opportunities for all members, please do not sign up for repeat sessions. Also if you are unable to attend a booked session, please cancel in advance – a no show means an unused opportunity for another member!

Zoom details for sessions are sent to members approximately 1 hour prior to the start time. Make sure when you are booking your place you enter a current email address and check your spelling.

Each Training Session is scheduled for two hours, including time for questions and trainee participation. Please ensure you can commit to the whole session.

For quality assurance, we have placed limits on the number of trainee spaces in each session.

Presentations or support documents will be distributed after your session. Don’t forget to give us feedback too.


When organising your Zoom account/profile, please ensure your display name​ clearly shows the name you registered on our Eventbrite pages​. If your display name is unclear or uses a more familiar ‘handle’ at odds with the details on our register, the training officer may require you to confirm your registration details during the session. (You can do this in-session by clicking ‘Participants’; hovering your cursor over your display name; clicking ‘More’; and then ‘Rename’)

If you have any questions or work to submit to a trainer, please email Tracy Thornton in Bectu’s education team.