Free Training with Academy Class and BBC Fast Train

Author, broadcaster and journalist Muriel Gray will give the keynote speech at Fast Train Scotland – the free training event for media freelancers – at BBC Scotland’s Glasgow headquarters in Pacific Quay on 24 October. Muriel will be joined by BBC Scotland Director Ken MacQuarrie.

Tickets for #FastTrain Scotland be released on Saturday 12 October and Wednesday 16 October on the Academy and Creative Skillset websites. Keep up to date with developments by connecting with the BBC Academy on Twitter and Facebook.

The day will also include masterclass speakers Shereen Nanjiani (presenter, BBC Radio Scotland), Sarah Walmsley (creative director, Raise the Roof Productions), Douglas Mackinnon (BAFTA-nominated TV and film director), Andrea Gibb (screenwriter for TV and film), Julia Sutherland (presenter and comedian).

Also appearing are Jo Street (commissioning executive, BBC Daytime, Scotland & NI), Chris Aird (head of drama, BBC Scotland), Jonathan Warne (director of production, IWC), Anne Laking (head of specialist factual, STV) and Paul Murray (creative director, Matchlight), among others.

The highly acclaimed Fast Train event, produced by the BBC Academy in partnership with Creative Skillset, offers free practical training, masterclasses and careers advice to freelancers working in television, radio and online.

David Smith, Academy Class’ Adobe and Apple Certified Trainer/Instructor, will be delivering two presentations:

10:15-11:45         Multicamera Editing with Premiere Pro

14:15-16:45         Super Speedy Offline Editing with Premiere Pro

There will be around 70 practical sessions on offer in Scotland, covering 30 – 35 topics. The wide range of sessions includes Patrick Uden talking about the trade secrets behind The Apprentice and other hit shows; editing on FCP, Avid and Premiere, and top tips on how to be a ‘SuperProducer’, to name just a few.

The Careers Corner will offer bookable 1-2-1 CV Clinics and speed networking with talent managers, exec producers and commissioners.

Fast Train Scotland will also be introducing a pilot New Entrants Programme, inviting 40 students from Creative Skillset accredited courses to take part in a bespoke programme as part of the day.

Scottish training providers taking part in the event include Action Media Safety, Academy Class, Edinburgh Napier University, Fife College, Glasgow Clyde College, Scottish Media Academy (Bauer) and the University of the West of Scotland.  There will also be sessions run by trainers from DV Talent, the Indie Training Fund, Puma Events and Training, Creative Skillset and the BBC Academy.

Fast Train executive producer Sarah Wood said, “We’re thrilled to have such a stellar line up of speakers and panellists. its part of our remit to help train the wider industry and we hope this will be a terrific day for Scotland’s freelancers.”

Creative Skillset’s Scotland director, Alasdair Smith said, “Fast Train Scotland is gearing up to be a fantastic event; it gives Scotland’s freelancer community access to key decision makers and the top creatives in the industry. The addition of the New Entrants Programme is particularly exciting as it give students within the Network of Excellence an opportunity to experience this vibrant industry first hand. It promises to be an inspirational event for all.”

Keep up to date with #FastTrain developments by connecting with the BBC Academy on Twitter and Facebook