Skills for Success - Learning Placements
Deadline for Submissions: 30 May 2018 at 9.00 a.m.
Museums Galleries Scotland are delighted to introduce their Skills for Success Programme and have the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver this programme. Since 2011, Scotland’s national body for museum development have run vocational programmes to provide an alternative route of entry into the museums sector for non-graduates from diverse backgrounds.
The Skills for Success Programme has been designed as a learning programme to give 22 non-graduate trainees the skills and experience to have a successful museum career. Each participant will spend a year on placement at a host museum in venues across Scotland. Learners will undertake an SVQ3 Museums & Galleries Practice and a bespoke training programme consisting of 10 one day courses. Learners will also have a mentor who will work with them throughout the year to make the most of their experience and help them to prepare for next steps. Four of the opportunities are designed at a level for those with some supervisory or management experience.
All learners will experience all aspects of museum work, but each placement may have a focus in one or more specific areas.
Why be a part of Skills for Success?
- Be a part of a national programme which gives you the chance to explore a career that matches your interests, while receiving a tax-free £15,000 bursary
- Develop museum-specific and transferable skills while undertaking a nationally-recognised qualification – SVQ Level 3 in Museums & Galleries Practice
- Receive advice and support from professionals across Scotland helping to prepare you for your next steps
- Learn as part of a supportive group
- An opportunity to be creative
- Work in unique locations with passionate people
- 87% of our past trainees and interns have found employment in heritage after the programme
Watch our video to find out more!
Could you be right for Skills for Success?
We are looking for people with the following qualities:
Conscientious, positive attitude, self-motivated, flexible, persistent, curious, creative, has the ability to learn, has the ability to collaborate
You will also be able to demonstrate the following:
- National 4 in English and Maths or equivalent experience or equivalent SCQF qualification
- Transferable skills gained from volunteering, school activities, participating in clubs, interests, etc.
- A desire to work in museums and some demonstrated interest in the sector
- Good communication skills
- Good interpersonal skills / working in a team
- Managing own activities
- Four of the 22 opportunities offer management level learning placements. Management level applicants will also need 2-3 years experience in a management or supervisory role.
Some placements may specify other requirements - for full person specifications, find out more about each placement below.
The 22 placement opportunities are all different. Each one has a placement description which has information about the host organisation and what you will be doing on your placement. You can download these below. We will be recruiting based on the personal qualities above and the assessment process has been designed to help you demonstrate these.
There are two rounds to the application process.
The first round is a short application form and a video submission. The closing date for first round applications is 30th May 2018 at 09.00 a.m.
Please read our full Applicant Guidance document before completing your application form - download a copy at the end of this page.
For the second round, shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an assessment event at one of five regional assessment centres:
Cromarty 20th June 2018
Orkney 20th June 2018
Aberdeen 22nd June 2018
Glasgow 26th June 2018
Edinburgh 27th June 2018
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
National Trust Scotland, Hugh Millers Birthplace Cottage, and Culloden Battlefield
Museum Engagement Trainee
Pier Arts Centre
Programme and Engagement Management Trainee
Nr Aberfeldy, Perthshire
Scottish Crannog Centre
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Museums Collections and Exhibition Design Trainee
University of Stirling
David Livingstone Trust
Curatorial and Community Engagement Trainee
Learning and Outreach Trainee
Museums & Galleries Edinburgh
Digital Resources Management Trainee
Learning and Programmes Management Trainee
National Museums Scotland
External Relations Trainee
Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust
Collections and Engagement Trainee
Curatorial Trainee (Glasgow Museums – Queer Times)
Glasgow Museums Digital Trainee
Open Museums Trainee (Outreach and Volunteering)
University of Glasgow
Education and Engagement Trainee
Visitor Studies and Community Engagement Trainee
Scottish Maritime Museum
Learning and Access Trainee
Dumfries and Galloway Arts and Museums Service
Museum Learning and Interpretation Trainee
Museum Learning, Interpretation and Social Media Management Trainee
Skills for Success - Applicant Guidance and Learning Placement Descriptions
SFS001 Aberdeen Collections PDF
SFS002 Aberdeen Marketing PDF
SFS003 Argyll_Sutherland Highlanders PDF
SFS004 City of Edinburgh Digital PDF
SFS005 City of Edinburgh Learning PDF
SFS006 DLT Curatorial PDF
SFS007 DLT Learning PDF
SFS008 Dumfries PDF
SFS009 Glasgow Museums Outreach PDF
SFS010 Glasgow Museums Curatorial (Queer Times) PDF
SFS011 Glasgow Museums Digital PDF
SFS012 Live Borders Entry Level
SFS013 Live Borders Management Level PDF
SFS014 NMS PDF
SFS015 NTS PDF
SFS016 Pier Arts PDF
SFS017 Renfrewshire PDF
SFS018 Scottish Crannog Centre PDF
SFS019 Scottish Fisheries Museum PDF
SFS020 Scottish Maritime Museum PDF
SFS021 University of Glasgow PDF
SFS022 University of Stirling PDF