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Posted on 28 August 2020

AFTA Thought uses socially distanced drama to help people access new jobs during Covid pandemic

AFTA Thought, our international drama based training company, has taken their live performances off the stage for the time being and onto the small screen for the first time in 25 years.

They specialise in workplace training using the power of live acting to deliver long lasting messages, with sessions covering subjects such as equality and diversity, domestic abuse awareness, modern day slavery and complaint handling.

But with the restrictions in place due to Covid-19  this has not been possible. Instead they have used their resources to conduct one company’s induction training remotely, meaning people have been able to be safely inducted into their new positions and start work even during the global pandemic. ‘From Room to Zoom’ by AFTA Thought has been first used by The Calico Group’s Learning and Development Team, allowing people to begin their new careers from their homes across the North West.

The cohort of new starters were beginning employment in a variety of positions, ranging from domestic abuse support staff to customer service advisors. Working with our film production group, BadKamra, to script, film and edit the live scenarios, the filming itself was a challenge as that too had to be done under strict social distancing measures to protect the cast and crew.

Carmel Roberts, Head of Learning and Development said “We know how powerful AFTA Thought Training sessions are and we know that our staff get so much more out of them than just sitting in front of a Powerpoint presentation. By applying this creative approach, we managed to replicate much of the live experience while ensuring the safety of colleagues across the Group.”

If you would like further information on AFTA Thought’s remote and virtual training services to help with your workplace training during the pandemic, get in touch now via their website –

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