Article: UK Cinema Association and ScreenSkills launch COVID-19 learning resource

The UK Cinema Association and the sector skills agency ScreenSkills have launched an online e-learning module and assessment test around COVID-19 for all those working in cinema exhibition.

The Coronavirus basic awareness for cinemas resource is adapted from training originally conceived for film and television production, developed by ScreenSkills with funding from the BFI awarding National Lottery funds and the ScreenSkills High-End TV Skills Fund.

The e-learning module explains the safety measures that cinema staff might expect to find when returning to work following the COVID-19 outbreak, providing basic awareness and understanding of the virus, the key personal responsibilities each cinema team member might expect when returning to work and some of the safety measures that might be implemented at each site.

Those who successfully complete the assessment test at the end of the e-learning module gain a certificate recognising their understanding in this area.

Welcoming the launch of the resource, UK Cinema Association Policy Executive James Connor said:

‘The launch of this resource recognises that everyone working in cinema exhibition – regardless of the size of their venue or their role within the company/organisation – has a part to play in helping to ensure the safety of cinema audiences and other team members. We would encourage not just our members, but all working in the sector to undertake the training.

We would like to thank colleagues at ScreenSkills for all of their help and support in bringing this together.’

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, Head of Film and Animation at ScreenSkills, added:

‘We want to help the whole industry work safely in the context of coronavirus so were delighted to take the training developed for working on production and adapt it for cinema workers, as part of the measures designed to help audiences feel confident to return.’

More information on the resource can be found here.

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