First Option launches COVID-19 training course
Thursday, 19 November 2020
crowd-shotThe First Option course trains individuals to implement, monitor and oversee COVID-19 arrangements on event productions
UK - Safety consultants First Option have launched Event COVID-19 Supervisor / Compliance Officer Advanced Level Training. Adapted from the company's broadcast course, the new training material is written by event safety expert and course leader Martin Barraclough and incorporates procedures outlined in Tour Production Group’s COVID-19 Working Procedures Guidance.
The First Option course trains individuals to implement, monitor and oversee COVID-19 arrangements on event productions. Candidates have access to learning resources to support their ongoing education including First Option‘s The Yellow Book - COVID-19 Production Manual, written by a team of microbiologists, medical doctors, and chartered safety consultants.
The Event COVID-19 Supervisor / Compliance Officer Advanced Level Training has already received positive feedback from its first round of attendees. Touring production manager Paddy Hocken [Biffy Clyro, Queen], was amongst the first to complete it. “I personally got a lot out of this training, and believe the whole class did too,” he comments. “It’s also great that it links back to TPG’s detailed guidance. I would strongly recommend this course to anybody working in live events or concert touring in a senior role. Martin is exceptionally well placed to deliver this course.”
Having worked in live events for some years himself, Barraclough adds: “With the traditional events world being continually challenged by COVID-19 restrictions, making this course accessible to event planners and potential COVID-19 Supervisors gives them the extra tools they will need when working on site - now and, most likely, in the future.  With the prevalence of both streamed and virtual e-sports, elite sport and business conferencing events underway, teamed with further uncertainty ahead, the training is already well-subscribed and I believe it’s something every live production can benefit from and be reassured by. Production personnel can add the implementation of these realistic COVID-19 procedures to their world class production values.”
The course costs £90 plus VAT and can be booked from 10 December onwards - visit this page for more information.

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