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Young workers in creative industries will take centre stage as BECTU leads events and activities to mark Young Workers’ Week 2018.

Highlights of the week, from November 24-30, will include a young activists’ training session, social events, workshops and a special joining offer.

The week aims to highlight the benefits of union membership for people starting out in their career and showcase the positive contribution that young workers make to workplaces.

BECTU’s Young Members’ Committee will be asking young workers to share their positive and negative experiences with internships and work experience to help shed a light on the challenges facing young people in media and entertainment.

For those aged 35 and under who join BECTU during Young Workers’ Week, membership will cost just £5 per month for the first year.

BECTU organising official Naomi Taylor said: “Young workers play an essential role in the workplace but too often we hear of them not being fully recognised or fairly rewarded – and their hard work and talent being taken advantage of through poorly paid placements and internships.

“Young Workers’ Week gives us the opportunity to showcase the challenges facing young staff and freelancers in creative industries, and to highlight the difference that being a member of BECTU can make.”

You can download leaflets and application forms on the YWW2018 resources page.

#YWW2018 young activists and reps training day

November 30, 10.30am-5pm  

BECTU Head Office, 373-377 Clapham Road, London SW9 9BT

Find out how to:

  • Organise in workplaces and freelance industries
  • Use social media as part of a campaign
  • Put motions to BECTU conference

Training will be followed by a social. If you’d like to attend the training and/or the social, please contact Emily Collin ( or Naomi Taylor (

Avocados for internship and work experience stories

Share your story about positive and bad experiences with internships and work experience by emailing Emily Collin ( or Naomi Taylor ( All stories will be shared anonymously as part of the Young Members' Forum (YMF) priority campaign to raise awareness of what should be paid work and not work experience. Also, if you let us know your address, we’ll send you a free stress ball avocado (subject to availability)!

Join BECTU during #YWW2018

Just £5 per month for the first year for 35s and under. Complete one of the application forms below or join online selecting the £10 option. New member applications for those aged 35 and under will be processed at £5 if they join between November 24 and December 7, 2018.

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