ScreenSkills launches free Covid-19 training
Available from today (30 June), the coronavirus basic awareness on production e-learning module covers areas where there are clear potential risks including transport, catering and the sharing of equipment and topics such as the monitoring of symptoms, social distancing and sanitisation.
The training was developed to complement the Working Safely During Covid-19 guidance developed by the British Film Commission for film and high-end television and is also expected to help unscripted television work safely in the context of Covid-19.
The course is supported by the ScreenSkills High-End TV Skills Fund, with contributions from high-end television productions, and the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy.
ScreenSkills has partnered with Skills for Health, a not-for-profit in the health sector that is already working with the NHS and other sectors to provide training for the Covid-19 crisis, and First Option, safety consultants to the entertainment industry.
Christine Healy, chair of the ScreenSkills HETV Skills Fund and head of production, New Pictures, said: “This training gives everybody information about what they will need to do to work safely when they get back into production in the Covid environment. It should particularly help freelance crew members be prepared for the return to work and encourage people to stop and think about how living with Covid-19 will have on how they perform their roles within the production workplace.
“It is great that ScreenSkills has been the leader in bringing this practical training toolkit around the coronavirus to those who need it. I will certainly be asking people on my productions to do the course.”
The online training underwent testing with working members of industry last week and will be reviewed at regular intervals and updated if necessary.
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