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The BECTU Vision project is focused on delivering training opportunities to the freelance film and TV workforce based and working in Scotland. . We would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions for courses you think would be useful to you, your department, and the wider industry. Please email with any feedback or comments.

BECTU Vision offers training for film and TV freelances in Scotland.

Key criteria: in the main these courses are open to applications from working professionals both living and working in Scotland. Most courses are free.

Those selected to take part will be subject to payment of a £50 late notice cancellation/no show fee. Courses places are precious so only book if you are committed to taking part. Priority is given to BECTU members. Queries about BECTU Vision should be addressed to Alison Goring, project manager.

Leadership Skills

Changing workplace culture:
An alternative approach to leadership in the Creative Industries.

Date:       Saturday 18th March 10:00 - 17:00
                Sunday 19th March 09:30 - 12:30

Location: Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry

 This is a residential course with dinner, bed and breakfast provided free to participants.

This course is an innovative collaboration between BECTU and the NUJ to tackle bad management practices in the creative industries. Most of us have experience of hierarchical, authoritarian management which lead to bullying and a blame culture in many workplaces. This course is designed to offer alternative and fresh approaches to leadership and positive people management.
Who's it for?
This is for leaders and soon-to-be leaders including Producers, Line Producers, Production Managers and Heads of Department but also for those who simply want to constructively challenge and change the existing culture. The course will equip individuals with the skills to enable them to lead effectively, thoughtfully, inclusively and innovatively, leading to more effective, collaborative and person-centred workplaces.
The trainers
We’re very excited by the programme and our two key facilitators. Vérène Nicolas, a consultant and trainer on facilitative leadership and collaborative organisational cultures and Professor Ewan Gillon, a Counselling and Health Psychologist, a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Psychological Coach. He is also clinical director of First Psychology Scotland and Professor in Counselling Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Vérène will lead the first day which will include sessions to:

  •     Understand the cost of authoritarian and charismatic leadership on staff wellbeing and work productivity.
  •     Build a picture of what an alternative workplace culture would look and feel like.
  •     Understand the different routes to change.
  •     Build personal leadership capacity by learning some foundations of human psychology (including personality styles) and specific skills such as empathy and listening, feedback and organisational skills.
  •     Understand structural change (ownership and decision-making) and its impact on culture.
  •     Explore available support to continue learning and start implementing new skills/insights.
  •     The day will be highly interactive and will build on participants’ experience and real-life scenarios.

Day two will include a short session, delivered by Paul Holleran of the NUJ on Stress Management in the workplace and the key session on day two will be delivered by Professor Ewan Gillon on personal resilience in leadership and marrying the skills of empathetic people-management and successful entrepreneurship.

~ Applicants should be working or available for work in this field - this course is not available to full time students.
~ Applicants should be based in Scotland
~ Priority will be given to BECTU members.

~ Applications will be assessed based on suitability for the course. If the course is oversubscribed those applicants who demonstrate the greatest professional need for this training will be prioritised.
~ Places are provided free of charge although successful applicants who do not attend, or do not give more than 24 hours notice of cancellation will be subject to a non-attendance fee of £50

~Travel to Pitlochry, dinner, bed and breakfast and the course itself are funded by Scottish Union Learning and therefore will be free to all successful applicants.

Places are limited 8 per union, so please make sure your application is in by the deadline which is 0930 on Monday 6th March 2017

To apply online click on this link

If you have any queries about the course please contact Alison Goring by email at



These courses are funded by Scottish Union Learning and Development Funds. This training is brought to you by BECTU ~ promoting Union Learning.


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Last page update 21 February 2017