Sound Check Development Coach role at Future Yard



Wage: £27,000 – £30,000 per annum DOE
Hours: Fixed term contract, 17 months; full-time hours (35)

Based between: West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester (car required for travel)
Closing date: 26th April 2024 (5pm)
Interviews: 3rd and 4th May 2024


Are you an experienced live music sector professional? Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge with young people? Do you want to help develop the next generation of live sector professionals? Do you want to be a part of an exciting new flagship music collaboration?

We are delighted to offer a unique opportunity as a Development Coach on our successful Sound Check programme, the result of a partnership between Future Yard CIC and The Learning Foundry. Sound Check provides young people with the opportunity to gain the skills and experience needed to pursue a career in the live music industry.

This Sound Check Development Coach role forms part of the evolving skills and training offer at Future Yard, which is expanding into delivery at venues in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

The purpose of this role is to utilise your passion, skills and experience of the live music industry to lead and deliver the inspiring Sound Check training and employment programme that supports young people aged 19+ to achieve their full potential.

As Development Coach, you will support learners to achieve their goals and qualifications and introduce them to the skills they need to pursue a career in the live music industry. You will support learners to gain hands-on skills at live events, which will lead to opportunities for them to progress into employment, apprenticeships, and/or Further Education.

Sound Check is a collaboration between Future Yard, a grassroots community music venue in Birkenhead, and The Learning Foundry, an Ofsted-rated ‘Good’ training provider based in Liverpool. Sound Check supports young people from all backgrounds to build their skills and knowledge in a real industry setting. The programme is open to those aged 19+ living in the Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire areas. The programme is free for young people to access and designed as an alternative pathway into music industry careers, specifically targeted for those too often excluded from the sector.

Due to the nature of the partnership and the collaborated nature of the delivery, the role is to be split between our hub venues in the Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire locations. There will also be travel to Future Yard (75 Argyle Street, Birkenhead CH41 6AB) and The Learning Foundry Head Office (The Watson Building, 4 Renshaw St, Liverpool L1 2SA).

We are looking for experienced live music industry professionals with equally good communication skills who aim to inspire and enthuse young people with a love of music and support them to build the skills for a future career in the live music industry.

Successful candidates will have demonstrable experience in one of the following two areas of the live music industry:

Technical Production
You will have worked professionally as a live sound engineer at a live music venue, theatre or across festivals and touring events. You will have an understanding of live show lighting and AV systems. You will have experience of delivering and leading the technical production in small, touring live music venues.

Event Management
You will have worked professionally in a hands on, live music event delivery role. This may be across event management, artist liaison, tour management, promotion, booking, production management or similar. You will have experience of successfully delivering live shows in small, touring live music venues.

Candidates with experience across both areas are encouraged to apply, but we expect applicants may indeed specialise in one area.

You may also have some teaching experience (though this isn’t essential as full training will be provided) and you will demonstrate a desire to learn and develop professionally. The ability to work on your own initiative, but also as part of a team to deliver collective success, is essential.

If you are an experienced live music industry professional who can demonstrate a passion to work with young people, are positive, creative and professional, we want to hear from you.


We are particularly looking for an individual who shares Future Yard’s values and is/has:

  • A passion to support young people and adults to achieve their fullest potential, no matter what their background, starting point or situation.
  • Professional experience within the live music industry, specifically in Technical Production or Live Event Management.
  • A robust knowledge and experience of the workings of a grassroots live music venue.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confident, capable communication skills.
  • Experience of working with individuals who are not in employment, education or training and delivering employability qualifications.
  • Teaching experience is desirable, teaching qualification can be provided
  • A minimum of grade C Mathematics and English or equivalent.
  • Be able to work as part of a dynamic team, across The Learning Foundry and Future Yard, with flexibility and an appetite to continually develop.
  • A strong awareness and understanding of the challenges young people may face, including mental health.
  • A driving licence and access to own car.

Full breakdown of ideal candidate profile – DOWNLOAD

If your application is successful, you will be invited for an interview. Interviews will take place on 3rd and 4th May 2024.

Applications must be made via the Regenda Group application portal.


This is a unique opportunity to join the team at one of the UK’s most exciting new music venues. Since fully opening in the summer of 2021, Future Yard has played host to artists such as Gruff Rhys, OMD, Black Country New Road, The Coral, Nubiyan Twist, Shame, Melt Yourself Down, Badly Drawn Boy, We Are Scientists, Bodega and many more, with a programme encompassing the best in contemporary alternative, jazz, electronic and experimental music.

Future Yard was established with the aim of creating a transformational live music venue for the people of Birkenhead, Wirral and Merseyside. We’re passionate about the power of music and the positive impact a high-quality community music venue can have on people’s lives. Future Yard is at the heart of the regeneration vision for Birkenhead.

Future Yard is a non-profit, Community Interest Company. We run a range of acclaimed training, artist development and community programmes alongside our live events. We are keen to work with people who share our vision of a dynamic community music venue and are driven to deliver excellence.

Sound Check is a partnership between Future Yard and The Learning Foundry. The Learning Foundry are passionate about helping people and businesses achieve their full potential. Whether it’s helping someone to start or progress in their career or supporting a business to recruit new staff or upskill their workforce, TLF are a full-service training provider with the knowledge and experience to suit individual needs.

The Learning Foundry is part of The Regenda Group; they work in places where they can make a difference and operate across the housing and construction sector, in care and support, and in education, training and careers.