Future Technicians Programme

Are you the person who always fixes the TV, or helps the family with their tech problems? Are you passionate about live events and wonder how it all works behind the scenes?

If you're looking for an exciting opportunity in the world of tech, theatre and live events, we are offering 15 training spots with paid work placements. You'll gain training in backstage skills including: lighting, sound, stage management, desk operation and how to use Q-Lab.


Applications are currently closed.

Training and Work Placements

The training will take place between Monday 19 and Friday 23 of February 2024, followed by the paid work placements from the end of February to mid March 2024

Chuck at Camden People's Theatre:
"My week with Future Formed gave me a clearer understanding of the technician role and industry language."

Check out the video below from our last Future Technicians Programme where we worked with over 11 theatres across London to tackle the creative industry’s lack of diversity, and limited employment opportunities for young people.

This unique programme is delivered by Future Formed in partnership with renowned venues:

  • The Bush
  • Barbican
  • Artsdepot
  • Brixton House
  • BECTU (technical theatre/ stage management union)
  • Jacksons Lane Arts Centre
  • Theatre Peckham
  • Arcola Theatre
  • Camden People's Theatre
  • The Pleasance
  • Soho Theatre
  • Little Angel Theatre
Elton at Pleasant Theatre:
"Learning about theatre work opened my eyes, and I really enjoyed my experience.

Training includes:

A comprehensive 1-week training program, guided by seasoned theatre technicians with a wealth of experience. Immerse yourself in the world of theatre with a paid placement in the heart of London, ensuring you receive fair compensation at the London living wage. Enhance your professional connections through valuable networking opportunities, creating pathways to future success. As a bonus, enjoy access to captivating live performances with complimentary theatre tickets, adding an extra layer of inspiration to your transformative week.

After the training you will:

Upon completing the training, you will gain newfound confidence in handling technical equipment for theatre and music events. You will have honed essential teaching skills, empowering you not only to enhance your own understanding but also to effectively share your knowledge. Connect meaningfully with organisations actively seeking skilled theatre technicians, opening doors to exciting career opportunities. Additionally, if you wish to further advance your technical skills, the option for advanced training is available, coupled with the invaluable guidance of an industry mentor. This comprehensive approach ensures that you, post-training, experience well-rounded development in both technical expertise and professional connections.

Natalie at Soho Theatre:
"I now feel more confident and am considering training as a lighting technician."

Essential Criteria:

  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Interest in performing arts
  • Openness to learning and having fun
  • Aged 18 or over


  • Some form of manual work experience.

We welcome applications from underrepresented groups in the creative sector including women, non-binary and trans gender residents, those from global majority backgrounds, disabled individuals and LGBTQI+ community members.

Creative Core registrations are currently closed. Come back to this site from April 2024 for news of our programme and how we can support you.

If you have any questions in the meantime please email us directly using the link below: