Twenty non-graduates from a range of backgrounds will begin a one-year paid traineeship with host museums and galleries throughout Scotland, including Museum nan Eilean.
The Heritage Horizons Traineeship Programme, which is run by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Skills for the Future’ programme is an accredited vocational programme designed to offer an innovative entry route for non-graduates to work in museums and increase diversity in the sector.
It provides the opportunity to attain an SVQ level 3 vocational qualification in Museums & Galleries Practice alongside workplace learning during a 12 month paid placement in a host museum.
On completion of the programme the trainees will have the combination of a qualification and the confidence of work readiness.
In total 386 applications were received from 214 applicants for 20 traineeships.
The 20 successful candidates met on Thursday, February 19, for the first time at the launch event for the programme which took place at Grassmarket Centre in Edinburgh.
From February, the trainees will work alongside professionals in their host museum or gallery, learning a range of core museum skills including digitising collections, learning and engagement and volunteer management.
Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “We’ve run successful internship programmes for graduates for the last two years, with almost all of our interns then going on to work in museums or to further education.
“We’re delighted now to be able to offer non-graduates of all ages and backgrounds a career opportunity in the heritage sector and have been encouraged by the overwhelming number of applications we’ve had.”
“I’d like to congratulate the successful candidates on their appointment to the Heritage Horizons programme and to wish them all the very best.”
Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “The Heritage Lottery Fund has been championing work-based placements for a number of years and is delighted to be able to give financial support to MGS through our Skills for the Future programme. Not only will these traineeship opportunities make a difference to the individuals’ lives but they will help ensure that the future of Scotland’s heritage is in safe and skilled hands.”
The Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Skills for the Future’ awarded MGS £422,400 to deliver this traineeship programme.