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Events & Training

FST organises a number of networking events, members’ meetings and training sessions and offer these as a mix of live, online and hybrid events.

Past events

Introduction to Access Statements

What are access statements? How do you write one and how do you use it? Join Birds of Paradise Theatre Company to discuss access statements and how they can help to support disabled artists.

First Aid for Mental Health Refresher

This course is designed to help maintain your Mental Health First Aid skills and knowledge. We will cover a number of areas, including common mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, suicide and self-harm), and your experience to date as a Mental Health First Aider.

Leading Organisational Wellbeing: A Strategic Vision

This course is designed to provide Leaders with the tools to promote strong organisational wellbeing, enhance workplace relationships and create an overall healthier work culture. Sarah Shimmen (Work Better Wellbeing), an experienced Organisational Wellbeing Consultant and accredited Mental Health First Aid trainer will run this workshop, aimed at anyone who has a Senior Leadership role.

Fundamentals of Flying

The Fundamentals of Flying Course is designed to teach the safe handling of counterweight sets and hemp. This is an in-person event at the Lyceum Theatre, as part of the FST Summer School Technical training week.

Working from Height using Temporary Access Equipment

This is an in-person event at the Traverse Theatre, as part of the FST Summer School Technical training week for staff who use, supervise or manage the use of ladders and temporary access equipment.

Tallescope - Safe Use and Rescue

Candidates will develop the skills and knowledge to assemble, perform pre-use checks on, and use Tallescopes safely. They will also gain an understanding of relevant legislation. Additionally, candidates will be given practical training on the Tallescope rescue equipment and its deployment in their specific venue. This covers and certificates the RB Tallescope Rescue pack. This is an in-person event at the Traverse, as part of the FST Summer School Technical training week.

IOSH Managing Safely 

IOSH Managing Safely is a course designed by the Institution for Occupational Health and Safety - Europe’s largest occupational health and safety body that aims to give attendees all they need to know to help them handle health and safety in their teams and workplaces.

Carbon Literacy - 1 June

This is certified training which has been developed to focus on the theatre industry, while simultaneously covering the science and economics which led us to the current situation.   This session is led by Jennifer Talliefor, Jennifer is a production manager and certified Carbon Literacy trainer. This session is relevant to anyone working in the sector who is looking to develop better environmental awareness within their professional practise. 10 places per session will be free to companies/individuals who are struggling to engage with sustainability.

Guide to Freelance Working

A practical and supportive workshop on navigating your career in the creative arts as a sole trader. Heather Parry is a Glasgow-based writer, editor, and publisher who created the free-access Illustrated Freelancer’s Guide with artist Maria Stoian, to help creatives understand their rights and best practices as freelancers. This session is for sole traders in the creative industries; while the information will be particularly helpful to early-career freelancers, it is applicable for those at any stage of their career.

Professionally Made, Professionally Paid: Equity agreements and how they can work for you

Aimed at providing an introduction to the trade union, Equity, this free, online session is open to everyone but will be of particular value to those producers, companies or venues who engage performers and creative practitioners but currently do not have an Equity agreement in place.

FST Bursary Clinic - February

Please join us for a clinic focussed on the FST Bursary.

Carbon Literacy

Carbon Literacy training specifically developed for the performing arts. This one-day, in-person, course will help you improve environmental awareness within your work, prepare for the effects of the climate emergency, mitigate those effects and reduce your ecological footprint. Subsidised by 95% for FST members. Places limited.