Web-based training and coronavirus
Like every other business, we’re being affected by restrictions brought in to tackle the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus.
All our face to face training is on hold, and we’re expanding our webinar offer in consultation with key clients such as ScreenSkills, NUJ Training Wales and the Federation of Entertainment Unions.
We have also made the following changes:
- Expanded the range of free downloadable tools and help sheets. No password required.
- All cancellation and postponement policies have been suspended so that we can be as flexible as possible.
- Our finance for freelancers training will soon include practical advice on managing cash flow, particularly where freelance bookings have dried up.
We’ll include a guide to how benefits work, and statutory sick pay once more detail is available from the UK government.
- We’re advising clients on opportunities (and limitations) of web-based training to replace face to face courses.
Are people really in the mood for training?
The need for online training will increase, especially as people find they have limited social contact and more time on their hands. Training can focus the mind and put you in touch with like-minded people.
We’re discussing with some clients the ability to run regular online ‘check-in sessions’ for some freelancers.
How different is online training?
The training experience is very different for a webinar compared to a face to face session.
I run full day courses on finance for freelancers, or media training for charities. But I wouldn’t expect anyone to sit in front of a screen for a full day, even with occasional loo breaks.
For example, I regularly run training webinars for the Federation of Entertainment Unions on finance skills for freelancers. We split the content into two separate sessions, each 45 minutes long, with 15 minutes of questions at the end.
These are very successful. But as you can imagine, it’s a wholly different experience from meeting fellow trainees in a room and shooting the breeze about networking skills or which words to use in a media interview.
You also have to be sure that everyone has access to good enough broadband to be able to take part.
We’ll post more updates as and when. Web-based sessions will be listed below.
Meanwhile, stay positive.
Posted on 13 March 2020