Welcome to Audiotrain, the skills, training and mentorship programme to help audio production professionals get to the next level.

Whether it’s learning advanced microphone techniques or finding out how to build a business, we aim to help equip you with the skills you need to be a success in the growing audio production sector.


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Audiotrain runs a range of training courses and skills sharing webinars. Sign up to be on the Audiotrain mailing list for information on these. To be added, please send your email address and name to

Meet the Commissioners – BBC’s Helen Thomas Head of Station Radio 2 and Robert Gallacher Commissioning Editor of Pop.

Free, exclusively for AudioUK members.

1400 – 1500 Friday 2nd October 

Another in our interview series with the commissioning decision makers especially for members of AudioUK. If you want to put your questions about music programming commissioning at the BBC then this session is for you.

Are things going to change at Radio 2 with the new leadership? Newly appointed Helen Thomas Head of Station at Radio 2 and Robert Gallacher, Commissioning Editor of Pop will be talking to Caroline Elliot and she will be putting your questions to them. 

This is the perfect online opportunity to get answers to your questions about ideas, schedules, audiences, new music genres, budgets and any other topics you wish to raise.  

Free, exclusively for AudioUK members. 

Book here. 


Complex Audio Recordings – Skills sharing webinar

1400 – 1500 Friday 9th October 

This webinar is designed to give you the confidence to know what you need if you are asked to do a complex audio recording as part of your production.

Maybe a panel discussion, audience show or possibly you have music as well as speech. It will cover what kit is required for panel based discussion, mic placing and mixing, plus, how do you do record it for the most flexible edit.

Learn how to work with audiences, PA, musician requirements, presenter requirements, roving mics, foldback, audio fx and, of course, how do you comply with health and safety requirements and make sure your production is safe and secure.

Join Iain Betson, who has over 20 years of technical experience working for the BBC and other broadcast clients on a range of complex productions.

Book here. 

Beyond a Joke – Writing Narrative Comedy – Training Course


24th October – 7th November

Multi-Award winning Executive producer Alison Vernon-Smith, formerly working in BBC Comedy and now Director of Yada-Yada, together with Creator of Clare in the Community writer Harry Venning, are running this three part comedy writing course.

1) The Set up 24th October 1000-1130
Exploring the rules of sitcom and the difference between sitcom and comedy drama; Creating comic characters; the importance of Set-up and creating strap lines/pitch

2) What is the story. 31st October 1000-1130
This session cover the Plot and the difference between plot and story; Creating a sub plot and Scenes – what should be in them.

3.) Structuring an episode 7th November 1000-1130
The final session covers Writing dialogue; Structuring an episode; What’s a joke and How to get your script in front of someone.

Book here. 


“How Do You Come Up With Your Ideas Then?” with David Prest of Whistledown Productions. Available to watch here.

“Remote Recording in Quality” Iain Betson of AV Resilience talks through the best methods and microphones for remote recording.  Available to watch here.  

“Top Tips For Surviving As A Presenter”   with BBC Radio 5 Live’s Dotun Adebayo. Available to watch here.

“How to Market the F… out of your Podcast” with podcast and radio presenter Lance Dann. Available to watch here

“Essential Law For Podcasters”, with Clare Hoban, Specialist Media Lawyer from Reviewed and Cleared. Available to watch here

“Fake News – Sorting the fact from the fiction”  with Rosie Bartlett, Specialist Digital Trainer,  Quattrain.  Available to watch here.

“Clearances, Copyright and Contracts for Podcast Creatives” with Nicola Hartley and Henriette Conway of Mint & Co. Available to watch here.

Looking after your mental health” with occupational psychologist Fiona Dolton. Available here

“Remote mixing your radio programme, podcasts or audio content” with Mike Hally from Square Dog Media. Available to watch here. 

Ten Tips For The Perfect Pitch” – with Alex Dalton, Partner Leading Ideas. Available to watch here.

How to Turn Your Podcast into a Flash Briefing (and why you’d want to?)” – with Peter Stewart. Available to watch here.

“How to Monetise Your Podcast” with Christina Moore, Founder Don’t Skip.  Available to watch here.

“How to use the BBC archive to create a richer programme or podcast” with Susannah Stevens and Mary McCarthy. Available to watch here. 

If you have found the webinars valuable we would appreciate a donation here.

take control of your media career

… with Caroline Elliot and the Audiotrain Career Development Scheme 


My session with Caroline helped to turn my career around. She helped me to recognise my skills and to have greater confidence in my CV. Within two weeks I had jumped from making 3 minute packages to having my first 25 minute documentary commissioned. The session gave me a wealth of ideas which I am steadily working through.”  

It’s a new decade, so is it time to think about your career in the Media, and where its going in the next few years?   The Audiotrain Career Development Scheme is there to support you whether you are at the start of your career, or you are little bit stuck and don’t know where to go next or if you have had years of experience but you want to think through your own personal development. 

You can review your cv, increase your chances of promotion, improve your motivation and job satisfaction.   

Specialist media training company Quattrain is offering one hour  ‘one to one’ sessions that will focus on your requirements, have as many or as few as you like –  each session via Skype is just £60 and in person face to face £65 [plus 20% VAT].  The sessions in person depend on location.  Caroline Elliot is an experienced business coach with a background in broadcasting, a range of contacts across the industry and an extensive knowledge of the media.   

It’s time to invest in you, whether you are a freelancer or an employee of an AudioUK company! 

To find out more information please contact


EU briefing videos, podcasts and newsletters

We have produced six videos of our Business Readiness briefing event, held on 25th October 2019, which

discussed the implications of the UK’s changing relationship with the European Union. They are now freely

accessible here (no password needed):

session 1 – opening address from Dept for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport:
session 2 part 1 – travel to and from the EU:
session 2 part 2 – people:
session 2 part 3 – data:
session 3 – IP, copyright, and data protection:

session 4 – future opportunities:

We have also produced a series of podcasts and commissioned a related series of newsletters:

newsletter 1: plan, plan, plan
newsletter 2: travel, data and intellectual property
newsletter 3: legal implications
newsletter 4: future opportunities
newsletter 5: EU nationals in the UK, & working in the EU
newsletter 6: a British freelancer working in the EU

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Arrange an Audiotrain course

We hope you find something which inspires you and if you are a production company wanting to lay on your own course, then please do get in touch and we will work with you to develop, arrange and market it to our membership and the wider production community.

Audiotrain Aims and Objectives

> To provide affordable quality training in a range of audio skills

> To promote skills sharing across the sector, including radio, podcasting, audiobooks and all forms of audio production

> To encourage new entrants and offer opportunities for networking, collaboration and partnership

> To encourage networking, collaboration and partnership across the sector.

> To promote diversity in audio production

> To be accessible to all those working in the UK Audio sector

Audiotrain is a scheme run by AudioUK Events, which is a trading name of Audio Producers Events Ltd. Registered number 6614180 in England and Wales. Regd office Unit 2, Olympic Court, Boardmans Way, Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, FY4 5GU. Audiotrain was set up by AudioUK, the trade association for UK audio production companies