Twenty non-graduates from a range of backgrounds have started one-year paid traineeships with a variety of museums and galleries throughout Scotland.
The Heritage Horizons Traineeship Programme, which is run by Museums Galleries Scotland and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Skills for the Future’ programme, is designed to offer non-graduates an innovative entry route to jobs in museums.
The scheme 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. 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.
“We’re delighted to offer non-graduates a career opportunity in the heritage sector”
“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,” said Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland. “We’re delighted to be able to offer non-graduates of all ages and backgrounds a career opportunity in the heritage sector.
“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.”
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Where are the trainees?
The following museums and galleries will be hosting trainees in the Heritage Horizons Traineeship programme:
- Aberdeen City Council – Aberdeen Maritime Museum
- Argyll and Southern Highlanders Regimental Trust Museum
- City of Edinburgh Council – Edinburgh Museums and Galleries
- Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – Museum nan Eilean
- Dundee Heritage Trust
- Glasgow Life – Glasgow Museums
- Glencoe Folk Museum
- Grampian Transport Museum
- Groam House Museum Trust
- National Museums of Scotland – National Museum of Scotland
- Orkney Islands Council – Orkney Museum
- Perth & Kinross Council – Perth Museum & Art Gallery
- Scottish Borders Council Museum & Gallery Service in partnership with Trimontium Museum Trust and the Tim Stead Trust
- Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust Ltd
- Scottish Maritime Museum
- St Andrews Preservation Trust