Building on the past successes of MGS’s Interns and Heritage Horizons programmes, we launched our biggest learning programme to date. Skills for Success received funding of £535,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help Scotland’s museum sector to address issues including a lack of diversity in the workforce; a lack of accessible entry and progression routes; the development of an accredited work-based learning culture in museum sector organisations; and to tackle vital skills gaps.
This national learning programme provided 20 entry-level and 2 management-level non-graduates from diverse backgrounds with one-year paid placements in museums across Scotland. Learners undertook roles vital to the sustainability of the sector, including collections care and management; digitisation; fundraising and marketing; learning programmes and volunteer management. Meanwhile, they had access to a bespoke training programme and worked towards the SVQ3 in Museums and Galleries Practice.
Developing the capacity of the sector to deliver accredited work-based learning
Skills for Success has built the capacity of the sector to deliver accredited vocational qualifications by creating an MGS assessment centre and training sector professionals as assessors and internal verifiers. These assessors and verifiers will be able to use their skills to deliver vocational qualifications, for the benefit of the sector.