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28 June 2012

BECTU is offering trainees supporting broadcasting operations at the Olympics advice and information and a special membership deal.

Around 1000 new entrants, drawn from film schools and universities, have been selected for paid trainee positions at London 2012 by Olympics Broadcasting Services. To mark this first working experience in the industry, BECTU is offering all Olympics trainees basic advice and sources of information and help. 

In addition, trainees can take up Olympics membership for the period of the Games for a single payment of just £5. This will equate to full membership for the period including personal support, representation and the further range of union services.

Trainees are invited to email for the advice package and to request an Olympics deal application form.

Olympics membership will be available during the period of the Olympic and Paralympic Games from July to September 2012.

“BECTU congratulates everyone selected for a trainee position with OBS. We want you to have a great experience, and one way to make that more likely is to get in touch and see what we have to offer,” commented assistant general secretary, Martin Spence.

Helpline for BECTU members

BECTU has also set up a specific Olympic Helpline for members working on the Games who need assistance. A team of BECTU officials has been accredited by the Games' organising committee to offer support should issues arise. This service will also be extended to union members affiliated to the UNI-MEI global union with which BECTU has close ties. Helpline information has been circulated to members working on the Games.

Support for new entrants

Find out more about BECTU's support for new entrants.

Readers will also be interested in BECTU's biggest annual event for freelancers, the Freelancers' Fair, which happens in London, tomorrow, Friday 29 June. Full line-up and booking information here. It's not too late to book!

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Amended 18 July 2012, 12.23.