Applications are now open for round three of The Production Guild of Great Britain’s (PGGB) High Level Covid Supervisor Training, which takes place online on 6thand 13th March.

Delivered by the PGGB and fuelled by £100k British Film Commission (BFC) investment, the two-day training programme provides a thorough overview of the impact of Covid measures on each department involved in production and how the Covid Supervisor role brings these elements together.

Topics covered include COVID-19 disease mitigation and infection prevention control, screening, testing, behaviour change, medical pathways and scene-by-scene risk assessments. Upon successful completion, participants become ‘High Level Accredited Covid Supervisors’, a status certified by the PGGB and BFC, which will be accredited by The CPD Standards Office.

PGGB’s Director of Training Helen Curston says “Since launching the course, we’ve seen increasing numbers of productions contacting PGGB, actively seeking to contact High Level Accredited Covid Supervisors who have undergone this training. Productions need their Covid Supervisors to have more than a general awareness of Covid safety principles, they need them to possess in depth understanding of how to work with other departments to keep shoots safe and on schedule under ever-changing circumstances. By digging down into medical understanding of the virus and applying that knowledge to differing scenarios, participants come away fully versed in how to carry out this pivotal role in practice.”

Upon successful completion of eight modules and a reflective assignment, participants gain exclusive access to the PGGB’s Virtual Learning Environment, an online learning platform that is regularly updated with CPD materials, additional recordings, updates and resources as guidance adapts.

PGGB CEO Professor Lyndsay Duthie says: “What we’re building is essentially a specialist group of UK Covid Supervisors with comprehensive insight into complexities of COVID-19 safety in practice, relating to different types of shoots. This is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment to keep pace with the situation and share best practice as we move through and beyond the pandemic.”

 

Jon Creamer