Skills for the Future
Building on the past successes of MGS’s Interns and Heritage Horizon’s programme, we have launched our biggest learning programme to date. ‘Skills for Success’ has received funding of £535,000 from the Heritage Lottery 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 will provide 18 entry level and 4 management level non-graduates from diverse backgrounds with one year paid placements in museums across Scotland. Learners will undertake roles vital to the sustainability of the sector, including collections care and management; digitisation; fundraising and marketing; learning programmes and volunteer management. Meanwhile, they will have have access to a bespoke training programme and work towards the SVQ3 in Museums and Galleries Practice.
Host organisations need to be passionate about diversity, passing on skills, and developing a learning culture in their organisation and the wider sector. Previous host organisations have said that having a learner brought a new dynamic to their organisation, introduced new and fresh ideas, encouraged current staff to reflect on their own practice, and increased organisational capacity.
Host recruitment for 2018/19 is now closed.
We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic learners to undertake a one year placement in a host museum while undertaking a nationally recognised qualification SVQ3 Museums & Galleries Practice. You will receive a bursary, have access to a professional mentor and will be fully supported throughout your placement.
Learner recruitment will begin April 2018 with a start date of August/September 2018
Developing the capacity of the sector to deliver accredited work based learning
Skills for Success will build 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 for the benefit of the sector after the project is completed. If you are interested in building the capacity of your organisation to deliver accredited vocational qualifications, the Vocational Pathways Fund can support your plans.
Heritage Horizons and the MGS Interns Programme
Skills for Success will be the fourth vocational learning programme run by Scotland’s national body for museum development. Since 2011 57 learners have successfully completed placements in 35 museum venues. 87% have gone on to find employment, with roles including Museum Managers, Curators, Collections Assistants and Learning Managers. These vocational programmes have provided an alternative route of entry into the sector, improving training resources, and diversifying the workforce.
The Heritage Horizons Traineeship programme 2015-2016 provided the opportunity for non-graduates from a range of backgrounds to attain an SVQ level 3 vocational qualification in Museums and Galleries Practice alongside workplace learning during a 12-month paid placement in a host museum.
The MGS Interns Programme 2011-2014 supported 40 paid one-year internships which provided a high-quality work-based skills development opportunity for new entrants to the sector workforce. The programme addressed identified gaps in core skills, each focussing workplace learning in one of the areas of; collections care and management, digitisation, public programmes, and volunteer development management.
Evaluation of Interns Programme 2011 to 2014
Evaluation of Interns Programme 2011 to 2014 infographic
Evaluation of the HLF Funded Heritage Horizons Programme
To discuss the SVQ 3 in Museums and Galleries Practice, contact our Skills Development Managers.
Skills Development Manager
Telephone: 0131 550 4135
Skills Development Manager
Telephone: 0131 550 4131