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17 November 2010

In association with the Skillset Drama Training Programme, BECTU and the Scottish Union Learning Fund (SULF) have launched a short course programme for freelances working in Scotland.

Typically, the cost of this training will range from £150 - £300 per person; however the first batch of courses is being provided free of charge to promote union learning.

Full short course programme, eligibility critieria and contact info

Following feedback from freelances, a shortlist of the most popular and highest priority courses has been compiled. Confirmed courses:

Introduction to Vectorworks: 14 and 15 December 2010

Learn the benefits of drawing up sets on the Vectorworks software package, speeding up the drafting process, allowing fast changes, greater accuracy, easier documentation and distribution, engineering analysis and visualisation of sets.  Sets can be rendered in 3D and used to plan lighting designs, analyse shot angles and plan action making the package of huge appeal to not just art department, but all the key decision makers on a production. 

NB: As initial interest in this course already exceeds the places available, participants will be selected at random from those who have already registered and are available to take part. Places are subject to receipt of a refundable deposit.

Hit The Ground Running: 17 December 2010 

Taught by industry professionals, you will gain all you need to be an effective, employable and professional runner and know what is expected of you. This one-day intensive course is intended for people just starting to develop their experience as well as runners wishing to increase their contacts and professional approach.

NB: We will be inviting those who have already registered an interest in these courses to complete an application form and participants will be selected based on their suitability for the course. Places are subject to receipt of a refundable deposit.

Future courses (dates to be confirmed between December 2010  - February 2011):

  • Visual Effects Workshop
  • Data imaging Technicians Training
  • HSE Approved 1st Aid at Work
  • Risk Management & Assessment for Film and TV

NB: People who have already registered for these courses will be contacted when dates are confirmed. 

The organisers are inviting people to register their interest for all courses currently planned or in development.  Only the courses with significant demand will have the chance to run. 

Due to a restriction on numbers, registration does not guarantee a place on a course; only those who register interest and meet eligibility criteria will have an opportunity of being selected.

The Scottish Freelance Learning and Skills Development Project got underway in April 2010 and has already delivered courses in First Aid at Work, New Entrants Training and Health and Safety to over one hundred freelances/students.