The Backstage – European Junior Backstage Technicians: a framework of competences fostering European training and mobility. Development of an ECVET based European Qualified Professional Curriculum for the profession of Young Theatre Technicians

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Erasmus+Youth Strategic Partnership (2015-2017) IT, BG, DE, NO

OFFICINE DELLA CULTURA ( ) (Erasmus+ KA2: 2014-2-IT03-KA205-005020)

Project aims and objectives:

The European Commission (Youth National Agency) has financed this project for training youth as theatre technicians, through the Erasmus+ Programme, KA2 Youth

The European partnership leading “The Backstage” is composed out of three important organisations from Tuscany, Officine della Cultura, Rete Teatrale Aretina and OpenCom, two organisations from Norway, EUROMASC and NTIM, one Bulgarian organisation, BASD, and the German EureCons Beratungshaus.

The project aims to support labour market inclusion of European youth not in employment, education or training (NEETs) through a training path that gives them a final certification as theatrical technicians.

The new training methodology for theatre technicians working in small theatres, meaning theatres with less than 300 seats, will be certified Europe wide and will bring an innovative way to facilitate labour market inclusion of NEETs.

The project is focused on:

  • Research, finalised to create target oriented learning outcomes;
  • Definition of a Professional Curriculum following ECVET methodology, i.e. knowledge, skills and competences of the theatre technician;
  • Elaboration of training contents
  • An e-learning platform
  • International placements for NEETs
  • Database covering certified theatre technicians.

The E-learning platform will be realised accordingly and tested by a group of aspiring technicians, who will also be part of the training experience in a European theatre. At the end of educational and hands-on training experience, practitioners will receive the Europass Certificate, which will allow the European recognition of acquired knowledge, skills and competences.

Noteworthy is the creation of a European Database of theatre technicians, which will assure the project sustainability and facilitate sectorial labour market matching in all Europe.