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'hot and steamy' summer networking event
Join RIGtrain for a mid-summer celebration of great radio and a chance to network with like-minded folk. We’ve invited representatives from all the leading Indies, audio commissioning people, and some BBC producers and editors too, so come prepared to meet, greet and maybe even pitch a little. Special Guest Host: to be announced.
Where: 01 zero-one, Hopkins St, London W1F 0HS.
When: 6pm – 9 pm, Wednesday 29th June
Cover charge of £5 a head includes a glass of wine and finger buffet. No charge for anyone representing a paid-up RIG member company OR those who have been invited to be a mentor for the night.
Book your places at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain
Making radio safely
In response to many requests, RIGtrain has teamed up with 1st Option Safety Group to present a half-day course on safety in radio productions, concentrating on the practical aspects. Most indies will already know that BBC Radio is looking more closely at indies' knowledge and management of health and safety matters, and this course will provide sufficient evidence for most situations (though not those designated as Hazardous Environments - war zones etc).
It is very strongly recommended that every RIG member company has at least one person who has attended this course or one at a similar level. And it would be preferable for every company member who might be in charge of a production to attend - whatever their nominal role (this is certainly not restricted to producers and managers). In particular any one who could be responsible for, or tasked with, the completion of a Risk Assessment Form.
While we can't guarantee indies a "pass" from BBC Radio on their H&S questionnaire, we have discussed this course with them, and agreed that attendance will demonstrate a level of understanding of the issues that should be sufficient for most straightforward radio programme making
Date & time: Wednesday 14th September, from 1pm to 5pm (no lunch provided, so please eat beforehand!)
Cost: Flat rate of £78 per attendee (please see details page for cancellations, and VAT). Book your place(s) at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain
Venue: 1st Option Safety Group, 16 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JL
1st Option Safety Group, who RIG has long recommended as the radio indies' source of health and safety instruction and advice. It claims, with justification, to be "the leading provider of safety advice, support, training and equipment to the media and entertainment sector"
This course is designed to give you a broad overview of the health & safety issues to be considered when making a radio production. After the course you will be able to identify hazards that might be encountered in a production. You will also know what organisational procedures rules and guidance are in place to deal with them in a safe manner
For full details, including a summary of the course content and its aims & objectives, please click here
- Accident reporting procedure and the specific legislative requirements
- The selection and control of contractors
- Brief introduction to health and safety legislation to give an overview of the requirements placed on employers and employees
- How to complete a risk assessment, when it should be completed and who keeps records.
Masterclass: Keep Calm and Go Freelance
Our first Freelance Forum was a success, with no sign that our modest newly-introduced five-pound cover charge is any disincentive.
Samantha Baines addresses the masterclass (photo: Will Jackson)
As the indie sector expands, the podcasting market develops, and BBC in house departments start working with non-contracted staff again, there’s never been a better time to be a hip young gunslinger for hire.
Marc Leverton (author “How To Works as Freelance Journalist”), Samantha Baines (Actress/comedian/social media guru), Nick Baker (founder of Testbed and a freelance veteran) and Clare Catford (reporter, presenter, media consultant).
*** Please note that all our courses and masterclasses are now open to anyone over 18 in the whole of the UK, including students in further and higher education (unless stated otherwise)***
RIG train presented a special evening dedicated to the growing freelance sector, featuring a range of speakers, including experienced radio folk, with lessons from the front line, approaches to finding work, tips on making the most of your money, protecting your rights and how to build your brand.
Cover charge of £5 a head includes a glass of wine and finger buffet.
The Future for RIGtrain
It’s an exciting time for RIGtrain! We’ve just worked out that almost a thousand people have been on our courses and masterclasses. So, we’ve decided to celebrate the landmark by offering a bottle of champagne to our 1000th learner! (Hint: To be in with a chance, you’ll probably have to come to our next masterclass on Thursday May 26th - details posted here in the next few days.)
As many of you may know, RIGtrain has been supported over the last 18 months by our friends at Creative Skillset, the industry skills body for the Creative Industries. However, because of the current Government’s focus on apprenticeships rather than continuous professional development, their support has now come to an end.
This means that there’ll be a slight change of emphasis in what we’re doing. RIG itself will be supporting our monthly masterclasses at 01 zero-one in Soho, as well as the Leadership Forum (for those running Indie companies).
We’re hoping to roll out a new season of courses very soon, focussing on core skills. They will be largely single-trainer offerings, but with an emphasis on finding trainers with real radio skills and industry insight.
RIGtrain is a non-profit organisation, and we’re committed to keeping the cost of these courses as reasonable as possible, so you can expect to pay no more than £120- £150 a day. For top flight professional training, it’s great value.
We’ll be asking for a cover charge of £5 a head for masterclasses in future, but again that’s still a very good deal, and it includes a glass of wine and finger buffet.
I hope to see you at one of our forthcoming events.