Free bitesize vocational learning

PHASE 3: BITE-SIZE IS BACK

After a brief period of adjustment, Prospect & Bectu’s ‘Bite-size’ Vocational Training Programme is returning to your screens with a diverse curriculum of training sessions accessible to all members from the comfort of their armchairs! Starting on 29 September, we will be bringing back all your favourite training seminars, and plenty of new ones to continue supporting our members out there in this brave new world of coronavirus.

In response to overwhelming positive feedback from participating members during Phase 1 & 2 of this programme, we are expanding our programme to include short recorded seminars on a variety of topics, which will be accessible via this webpage from early October.

Our curriculum of ‘Live’ Sessions will also continue in longer form (up to 2 hours from 1 hour & 30 minutes) covering themes of Redundancy, Craft Skills, ICT Skills and Wellbeing.

These short sessions, hosted remotely, seek to up-skill and enrich our members with a varied curriculum of training sessions & workshops. The sessions are freely 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.

To get the most from these training sessions, please ensure you have downloaded the latest version of Zoom. Unless otherwise stated, we do not require your webcam to be active, but it may help your trainer to be able to see your reactions.

PLEASE READ: Session Attendance and Etiquette

To maximise accessibility sessions are offered 5 out 7 days, during the morning, afternoon & evening.

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 your booking in advance – a no show means an unused opportunity for another member!

Zoom Details for each session 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 an hour and a half to complete, including time for questions & trainee participation. Please ensure that you can commit to the whole session.

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

If there are presentations or support documents for distribution, you will be sent these after your participation in the session is registered.

PLEASE DO NOT RECORD TRAINING SESSIONS, OR SHARE THE ZOOM LINK

When organising your Zoom account/profile, please ensure your display name clearly shows the name with which you register on our Eventbrite Pages . If you 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, and that you are a Union Member.

(You can do this in-session by clicking ‘Participants’; hovering your cursor over your display name; clicking ‘More’; and then ‘Rename’)

We look forward to further engaging our members with this dynamic means of learning, and seeing so many of you training in the near future.


TUESDAY 29th SEPTEMBER

0930-1130

WELLBEING 101: Mental Health & Wellbeing

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 29 September @9.30

 

1330-1530

SCREENWRITING 101: The Absolute Beginners Guide To Writing a Screenplay

Fenella Greenfield (Euroscript ) hosts this session for budding writers answering questions like; ‘what is a screenplay’, ‘how do I think in images, not words’ and ‘how can I convey personality & attitude in dialogue’. Fenella will explore what might draw actors to roles, and how best to format a screenplay; the ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s of screenwriting. This would best suit members without previous experience of writing.

Euroscript writing a screenplay 29 Sept @13.30


THURSDAY 1st OCTOBER

0930-1130

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS 102: Staying Efficient Whilst Working Remotely

When working remotely, from home, or in an unusual office setup, you can regularly have your focus diverted by both external and internal distractions. If you’re distracted when working on a task it takes around 16 minutes to refocus on what you were doing. In this live online seminar Liz Hardwick (DigiEnable) will cover how to reduce distractions in your workspace and top workflows and systems that can help you keep productive.

Staying efficient whilst working remotely 1 Oct @9.30


SATURDAY 3rd OCTOBER

0930-1130

WELLBEING 106: Resilience & Suicide Prevention

The challenges of filming schedules, post Covid-19 anxiety, post-traumatic stress, demanding work schedules, adapting to new filming practices, social distancing have all had a large impact on mental health.

Sarah McCaffrey (MBACP) leads this seminar on resilience and self-care, building  awareness and understanding around mental health and will help individuals increase their own resilience and give them the tools to recognise the signs and offer support to people suffering from mental distress. Supporting each other is going to be essential as the industry restarts.

Resilience suicide prevention 3 Oct @9.30


TUESDAY 6th OCTOBER

1330-1530

LIVE EVENTS 101: Introduction to Capture 2020 (3D Design & Visualisation)

Capture Lighting trainer John Rogers details a beginners guide to using Capture Lighting Visualisation & Design software, explaining the theory and practice behind using this prominent tool. This session would be most useful for those interested in joining Live Events Production teams.

Intro to capture 2020 6 Oct @9.30


THURSDAY 8th OCTOBER

0930-1130

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS 101: The Freelance Framework

Richard Grant explores the transition from full time work (caused by career change or redundancy) to the role of the Freelancer in the creative industries.

Looking at mindset, networking and approach as well as dropping some tips and tricks on how to get ahead in a competitive sector and how to make freelancing work for you.

Freelance Framework 8 Oct @9.30

 

1330-1530

FACTUAL TV 101: Finding & Assessing a Story for Factual or Documentary Television

Award-winning Producer/Director Anna Keel breaks down the components of what makes a great story for the screen. How do you bring a back-story to life without drama reconstruction? How do you tell an unfolding story before you know the ending? Develop your nose for rooting out a story and learn how to tackle your story-telling challenges.

Finding and assessing a story 8 Oct @13.30


SATURDAY 10th OCTOBER

0930-1130

WELLBEING 101: Mental Health & Wellbeing

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 10 October @9.30

If you have any questions regarding the Bite-size Training Programme, or work to submit to a trainer, please send your query to Guy.Bishop@BECTU.org.uk