We are launching an ambitious new iteration of our flagship youth training programme Backstage to the Future Caribbean, building on the success the 2017 project. 

With a focus on technical, entrepreneurial and soft skills for the performing arts and live events sector, Backstage to the Future is designed to develop and nurture future producers, entrepreneurs and technicians. Fostering relationships between the UK, Colombia, Jamaica, Cuba and Venezuela, BtF Caribbean encourages learning and knowledge transfer between the countries, establishing links between institutions.

We are on the hunt for UK-based organisations to develop and deliver a training programme for young people across the Caribbean, with training held in:

Date Location
August - September 2018 San Andres, Colombia
January 2019 Jamaica
March 2019 Cuba

The requirement is for one course leader and between one and two course trainers who will be responsible for delivering the training in collaboration with the Venezuela stage management trainer and Jamaica sound engineering/lighting design trainer. We welcome applications from one organisation, or a partnership between two to three freelancers who have may previously worked together, to cover the below outlined skills areas. 

The objectives of the programme are to develop a technical skills training programme focused on:

  • Sound engineering
  • Lighting design
  • Soft skills
  • Community arts
  • Entrepreneurship and marketing 

Content should be designed with a focus on stimulating a collaborative environment. It should be interactive, engaging and include the following elements:

  • Taught sessions
  • Interactive group work
  • Hands-on activities and practical sessions
  • One-on-one sessions


  • Devise a new bespoke training programme for 15 – 25 young people from San Andres, Providencia, Jamaica, Cuba and Venezuela
  • Build soft skills and community arts engagement, marketing and entrepreneurship into the programme to promote better collaborative working
  • Ensure the developed programme is grounded in both regional/ country and live performance/ festival context/s
  • Work with selected UK trainers on development and delivery
  • Liaise with Colombia and Caribbean-based course trainers
  • Liaise with British Council in Cultural Skills and across the identified countries on development 
  • Deliver and monitor bespoke training programme during the above dates
  • Feed into evaluation of the programme


  • Be based on local demands and within the context of festivals and live performance
  • Take place in Colombia, Jamaica and Cuba
  • Improve skills, knowledge and technical expertise, giving participants greater confidence and better prepared for work in the cultural sector
  • Improve understanding of UK and international best practice in cultural skills provision and policy
  • Develop new partnerships, relationships and collaborations, extending cultural networks
  • Increase engagement with disenfranchised young people
  • Contribute to employability and entrepreneurship for disadvantaged young people 
  • Provide hands-on experience working with local and international festivals


Applicants must be available to deliver training on the above dates.

Send your completed applications to: culturalskills@britishcouncil.org

Got a question? Email us: culturalskills@britishcouncil.org marked BF FOA Chantal Harrison-Lee

Deadline for queries: 6 July 2018

Closing date: 16 July 2018

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