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Skills for Success - Learning Placements

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.

Application Process

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.
Once you are ready to apply, complete the online form here


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

Placement Museums



Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Collections Trainee

Marketing Trainee


National Trust Scotland, Hugh Millers Birthplace Cottage, and Culloden Battlefield

Museum Engagement Trainee

Stromess, Orkney

Pier Arts Centre

Programme and Engagement Management Trainee

Nr Aberfeldy, Perthshire 

Scottish Crannog Centre

Engagement Trainee



Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

Museums Collections and Exhibition Design Trainee


University of Stirling

Documentation Trainee


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

Anstruther, Fife

Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust

Collections and Engagement Trainee



Glasgow Museums

Curatorial Trainee (Glasgow Museums – Queer Times)

Glasgow Museums Digital Trainee

Open Museums Trainee (Outreach and Volunteering)


University of Glasgow

Education and Engagement Trainee


Renfrewshire Leisure

Visitor Studies and Community Engagement Trainee


Scottish Maritime Museum

Learning and Access Trainee



Dumfries and Galloway Arts and Museums Service

Collections Trainee


Live Borders

Museum Learning and Interpretation Trainee


Live Borders

Museum Learning, Interpretation and Social Media Management Trainee


Skills for Success - Applicant Guidance and Learning Placement Descriptions

SFS001 Aberdeen Collections PDF (PDF, 259KB) SFS002 Aberdeen Marketing PDF (PDF, 259KB) SFS003 Argyll_Sutherland Highlanders PDF (PDF, 258KB) SFS004 City of Edinburgh Digital PDF (PDF, 258KB) SFS005 City of Edinburgh Learning PDF (PDF, 259KB) SFS006 DLT Curatorial PDF (PDF, 258KB) SFS007 DLT Learning PDF (PDF, 258KB) SFS008 Dumfries PDF (PDF, 258KB) SFS009 Glasgow Museums Outreach PDF (PDF, 258KB) SFS010 Glasgow Museums Curatorial (Queer Times) PDF (PDF, 260KB) SFS011 Glasgow Museums Digital PDF (PDF, 257KB) SFS012 Live Borders Entry Level (PDF, 334KB) SFS013 Live Borders Management Level PDF (PDF, 258KB) SFS014 NMS PDF (PDF, 259KB) SFS015 NTS PDF (PDF, 259KB) SFS016 Pier Arts PDF (PDF, 258KB) SFS017 Renfrewshire PDF (PDF, 257KB) SFS018 Scottish Crannog Centre PDF (PDF, 258KB) SFS019 Scottish Fisheries Museum PDF (PDF, 258KB) SFS020 Scottish Maritime Museum PDF (PDF, 259KB) SFS021 University of Glasgow PDF (PDF, 258KB) SFS022 University of Stirling PDF (PDF, 259KB) Applicant guidance (DOC, 5MB)
Published 03 May 2018