Creative Toolkit from BECTU
Creative Toolkit is an online resource of help and advice for careers in the performing arts. It was developed by BECTU, the UK's media and entertainment union.
Career advice for performance
Creative Toolkit provides information on a number of career topics:
- Getting experience
Guidance on how get experience to enter the entertainment industry.
- Work placements
Understand how organisations operate and the various types of work placements available.
- Tax essentials
Advice on how to understand the tax system, and access any state benefits for which you may qualify.
- Career training
Whether attending training courses and workshops, or learning on the job, find advice on getting the training you need.
Knowing your employment rights
Developed by the UK's media and entertainment trade union, BECTU, the Creative toolkit website provides good information about key employment and other rights.
- Legal overview
Outlining your rights at work, and how to enforce them.
- National Minimum Wage
Providing solid advice on the National Minimum Wage.
Also – very useful for creatives – guidance on what to do if you're making a creative project with friends, don’t have much money, but don’t want to exploit anyone.
There is a raft of legislation in the UK designed to combat discrimination, and the website links to guidance for areas of these laws.
- Health & Safety
As well as understanding the general responsibilities of Health and Safety, you can access a list of important safety regulations, and personally to identify which of them is relevant to your particular job.