The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland are launching a new trainee tutor programme aimed at young people aged 18-25. This structured training and work experience would be targeted towards recent music graduates, current music students or those with a strong foundation in music and ability to play and an interest in working with young people.

The will be four Outreach Trainee Tutors and five Ensembles Trainee Tutors to support the delivery of the NYPBS Outreach programme, as well as the three National Bands this year. Each trainee will gain real world professional development opportunities throughout NYPBS 2022-23 year of activity.

These are entry-level positions for candidates aged up to, and including, 25 years old, or up to 30 years old if you identify as disabled. All successful applicants will be paid to attend training sessions before commencing work. The deadline to apply is 12 noon 26th August 2022 GMT. Apply Now

Job Description from the NYPBS

We have created nine Trainee Tutor roles to provide a structured programme of training and work experience suitable for young people aged up to, and including, 25 years old or up to 30 years old if you identify as disabled.

These roles are targeted towards recent music graduates, current music students or those with a strong foundation in pipe band music and ability to play pipes or drums to a high standard (Grade 1). If you have already applied to the NYPBS programme this year, you are still eligible to apply for this distinct opportunity.

The Outreach Trainee Tutors will work with NYPBS staff and instrumental tutors in the delivery of our outreach programme this year. As the project develops, the trainees will be encouraged to get more involved in developing the project delivery, responding to the needs of the participants.

The Ensembles Trainee Tutors will work with NPC and external mentors, receive training and work with all 3 of our National Bands delivering tuition for participants between October 2022 to February 2023, with training starting in late September 2022. This is a valuable opportunity to gain teaching experience within a national organisation. There will be opportunities to structure training plans focused on various areas, including trainee’s own musical development, gaining teaching  experience and project coordination.

Reports to: NYPBS Director Terms:
This is a freelance, part-time position. Outreach Trainees will be required to be available on the dates detailed overleaf for their respective roles. Ensembles Trainees would be required for 18 contact days, including 2 training days, detailed overleaf. However, there may be some flexibility here and we would encourage you to apply if you are available for most of the dates across the period.

Fees & Expenses:
£80 per day (max. 8 hours), training days are compensated at the same rate.

Trainees will be compensated for travel outwith Glasgow. We also have a small bursary allocation for Trainees to cover the costs of travelling to training or project work within the Glasgow area or require additional support meeting the technological requirements of digital training sessions. Successful applicants will be invited to apply for this additional support, which will be assessed according to financial need.

Experience Required:

  • A high level of musical experience in traditional music and/or pipe band to Grade 1 standard or equivalent standard.
  • An enthusiasm and commitment to youth music.
  • Willingness to deliver music tuition in a range of settings, following training.
  • A positive and can-do attitude, being open to taking initiative and demonstrating flexibility.
  • Availability on relevant dates outlined below.

Days of Work:

Training Day 124th September 
Training Day 225th September 
Hebridean Piping and Drumming Workshops19th-21st October 
Four Corners Dumfries Workshops15th-16th October 
Mackay’s Memoirs Workshop 130th October 
Mackay’s Memoirs Workshop 211th December 
Filming of Digital Outreach VideosTBD with trainees 
Training Day 124th September
Training Day 225th September
Junior Band Rehearsal 18th October
Development Band Rehearsal 19th October
Senior Band Rehearsal 122nd October
Junior Band Rehearsal 223rd October
Development Band Rehearsal 219th November
Senior Band Rehearsal 120th November
Junior Band Rehearsal 326th November
Development Band Rehearsal 327th November
Senior Band Rehearsal 33rd December
Junior Band Rehearsal 44th December
Development Band Rehearsal 47th January
Senior Band Rehearsal 48th January
Junior Band  Rehearsal 514th January
Senior Band rehearsal 515th January
Celtic Connections Performance4th February
End of Year Concert2nd April

Application Procedure:
To apply please submit an online application via the link below:


Get in touch with if you have any questions regarding the roles.

The NYPBS Trainee Tutor Programme has been made possible thanks to support from Creative Scotland and the William Grant Foundation.

We understand that some young people may face additional barriers to accessing opportunities to develop a career in the music industry. As part of our commitment to increase the diversity of our participants, and of people leading youth music delivery, we will offer guaranteed interviews for all applicants who meet the minimum criteria and identify themselves as a member of one of the following groups at the time of application:

• Residing in an area of social and economic deprivation, as measured by postcode on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivations (SIMD) a Black and/orMinority Ethnic backgroundSelf-identify as disabledand/or having additional support needsExperiencing or at risk of homelessnessCare leaversYoung carersYoung parents

The deadline to apply is 12 noon 26th August 2022 GMT.

Interviews will take place between 1st-7th September 2022.