BECTU's new learning initiative

BECTU's has launched a new learning initiative the union hopes will encourage more of its members to consider a role as trainers.

John Crumpton, BECTU Regional Learning Organiser, described the initiative:

"Let's begin with a few questions.

  • Are you the type of person who likes to pass on your knowledge and skills to others?
  • Have you ever been asked to talk about your work to an audience but have never felt self-confident enough to 'have a go'?
  • Have you ever tried to talk about your work in public and felt that with a bit more guidance it could have gone so much better?
  • Have you ever thought that talking to an audience actually seems to go well, but you're not sure how or why?
  • Would you like to understand how people learn – yourself included – but aren't sure where to start?

"These are not from a sneaky personality questionnaire. On the contrary, they are all questions discussed at a recent BECTU Training the Trainer (TTT) taster session to help professionals in the media and entertainment industries reflect on their attitudes towards becoming a trainer – with the longer term aim of adding a new string to their skills bow.

"This work-related training is nowhere more keenly needed than in the media and entertainment industries where BECTU organises. The increase in freelance and casualised employment has created a triple whammy of lower budgets, higher technical expectations and rapidly changing technology.

"Add to this the growing demand for multi-skilled professionals able to operate in a multi-platform environment and a head spinning cocktail is produced where creative industry workers can feel assailed from all sides and unsure where to start to regain a sense of control of their own careers.

"Over the last decade, one recommended starting point has been BECTU's Training Department where learning and training have become deeply embedded in the union's member benefits. The Training Department provides a variety of opportunities for personal growth, professional development and the improvement of prospects for employment.

"With these considerations to the fore, and within its current Union Learning Fund (ULF) project – BECTU is prioritising the promotion of a TTT programme so that the existing craft skills of time-served technicians are not lost to our industries. At the same time it offers an exciting opportunity for individuals to learn the skills required to deliver effective training."

BECTU are running the City & Guilds Introduction to Trainer Skills course in Stockport on 13-14 October. Members interested should get in touch with John Crumpton: [email protected] or by phone 07918 084535 or register online (but are asked to read the information there thoroughly before booking).

John Crumpton added: 

"And remember, first come first served!"

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