Free training for freelancers

Theatre freelancers – we see you – we’ve got your back.

Over the past months we’ve been working on a range of ways we can support you. We’ve offered funding and time to think. We’ve supported grant applications and we’re actively engaging with, and responding to, a multitude of reports and pledges, reviewing when and how we work with freelancers to provide more opportunities that offer flexibility and support.

In the meantime, we’re putting together a programme of free training which we hope will provide some valuable opportunities to refresh your knowledge, recharge your creativity and help you to learn new things, while employment opportunities are a little further down the line.

Read on below to find out about our first few offerings.

Do you have access needs or other barriers to attending training? Get in touch and let us know what you need and we’ll see what we can do to help.

Introduction to safeguarding and child protection

Online learning course, 3 hours

We are able to offer free access to NSPCC’s Introduction to safeguarding and child protection online course. Developed in line with current legislation across the UK and CPD certified, this is an introduction to safeguarding that will help you to identify different signs of child abuse and how to report your concerns.

To take advantage of this training, email freelancers@nationaltheatrewales.org 

NTW Training Bursary

We know that the costs of professional training can be prohibitive, so we are able to offer a small pot of funding to cover anything you might need to be better equipped for working in the industry when it restarts. This could be to cover specialist software training, Plant or HGV Licence, attending an industry conference, cultural sector training, or anything else relevant to your professional development. We are able to fund course fees and materials up to £1000 and training must be started by the end of September 2021.

If you’d like to apply, please send us an email to freelancers@nationaltheatrewales.org including the following:

  • A short statement detailing what you want to do and how it will benefit your professional development.
  • A breakdown of how the funds you are requesting will be spent.
  • A CV demonstrating your career so far.
  • A statement of support from a relevant professional colleague.

Applications will open on Monday 8 February and close on Monday 8 March, after which successful applicants will be notified. You can apply for up to £1000. The total fund available is £6,000, which will be allocated based on how the training will help applicants progress or stay in the industry, and not on your financial need. Only one grant per person will be awarded. We want to help as many people as possible, so please think about whether you need to apply for the full cost of the training, or part of the cost. If there are still funds available, the fund will be reopened.

If you have questions about the fund, please email freelancers@nationaltheatrewales.org before sending your application.

We have more training sessions to come, and we’re still planning, so do let us know if there’s anything you’re burning to learn about that you think other freelancers would appreciate too and we’ll see what we can do.

In the coming weeks and months there will also be opportunities to work with us in a variety of ways. Keep an eye on our social media channels or sign up to our elist to find out more as soon as they are announced.

Previous sessions

Build your own website

Mon 15 Feb, 2pm

Show off your work to the world by learning how to build your own website with Dom Farelli, whose previous work with NTW includes web design for Cardiff 1919 and the No Petrol for 12 Miles walking tour.

Dom will take you through creation of a basic website on both Wix and WordPress – two of the most popular free to use website builders. You’ll leave this session knowing how to get started and with hints and tips for the next steps.

Coming soon – web content – what to include and how to display it (details TBC)

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