Call Out: Freelance Training Facilitators

We’re looking for three 18-25 year olds who are self-employed and looking to develop their skills as freelance facilitators and training providers.

Background

Over the past ten years Blaze has supported creative and cultural organisations to embed youth voices within their organisations. We’re now developing a new training programme that will bring together all our experience and provide staff within arts and cultural organisations with information and resources that will enable them to listen more effectively to young people.  

We believe this training will be most effective if delivered by young people who have recent lived experience of participating in arts and cultural activity. For this reason, we’re looking for three 18-25 year olds who are self-employed and looking to develop their skills as freelance facilitators and training providers.

Training

We’ll train you to deliver the Blaze training sessions and help you improve your facilitation skills. You’ll shadow other trainers delivering sessions, then have a go yourself.

The majority of the training content will initially be developed by Blaze but there will be some opportunity for you to shape this and how it’s delivered.

Once you’ve completed all of the training and have been signed off as ‘ready to deliver’, you’ll be ready to work with us on a freelance basis. 

Next Steps

When organisations enquire about booking a training session, we’ll contact you to check your availability. We aim to share the bookings equally amongst our pool of freelance training facilitators.

Essential Requirements 

We’re looking for people who: 

  • Are passionate about ensuring young people’s voices are listened to 
  • Can speak clearly and confidently in front of a large group of people 
  • Have some experience of public speaking, facilitating activities or providing training (this doesn’t have to be within the arts and cultural sector)
  • Have some experience of participating in arts and cultural activities (this includes visiting venues and being an audience member as well as creating or producing something yourself)
  • Can reflect on your own performance (listening to feedback and acting upon it) to ensure every organisation receives the best possible training
  • Is registered as self employed and prepared to take responsibility for completing their own tax return. (More information on what this means here
  • Has public liability insurance that covers you to deliver training and can share the policy details with us
  • Is willing and able to travel to locations across Lancashire to deliver training in-person
  • Has access to a laptop, WiFi and an appropriate workspace they could use to deliver training online
  • Is committed to developing their practice as a freelance facilitator or trainer and be available to work with Blaze for at least 12 months
When & Where

The ‘train the trainer’ programme will run from 28 February to 31 March. We expect you to be available for 4 and a half days of training during this time. We’ll aim to schedule sessions based on your availability.

Fees

There is a guaranteed fee of £540 available for each young facilitator who we train to deliver the training. This fee will cover 4 and a half days of your time which will be spent:

  • Attending training sessions where you’ll learn about Blaze and how to deliver the training 
  • Shadowing training being delivered by others 
  • Delivering pilot sessions 
  • Reflecting and evaluating

Once you have completed all of the training and have been signed off to join our pool of freelance training facilitators, you’ll be paid £100 per training session that you deliver.

If we receive any enquiries from organisations outside of Lancashire looking to book in person training, we’ll ensure that reasonable travel expenses are also covered.

Diversity & Accessibility 

We particularly welcome applications from those often marginalised from the arts and cultural sector including people from working class backgrounds, disabled people and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.  

Express Your Interest

The deadline for expressing an interest in this opportunity is midnight on Sunday 30 January 2022. 

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 7 February 2022. 

Please send your CV and send a short email, video message or sound recording to admin@blazeonline.org.uk including:  

  • Your name, address, email and phone number
  • A short summary (no more than one side of A4) explaining who you are, why you are interested in the opportunity and what relevant skills and experience you have. This might include information about previous paid or voluntary work that you’ve done, qualifications or training you’ve completed or other relevant things you’ve done in your spare time
  • The names and contact details of two referees 

If you’d like to have a chat about the opportunity before you submit your expression of interest or need some support with writing the summary, contact Helen at helen@blazearts.co.uk.   

About Blaze 

Blaze is a youth led arts charity established in Lancashire which began as a Cultural Olympiad legacy project. Blaze was founded on the principle that all young people, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to create their own culture. Over the past ten years Blaze has pioneered innovative approaches to youth led cultural production, providing training and creative experiences for diverse young people from across the North West in a range of settings including museums, libraries, music services and festivals.