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Non-graduates offered a foot in the door of the heritage sector

Non-graduates offered a foot in the door of the heritage sector

Museums Galleries Scotland are looking for 22 motivated learners to undertake a 1 year paid placement in a museum, while working towards an accredited vocational qualification in Museums and Galleries Practice.

The Skills for Success programme, funded by The National Lottery, addresses the lack of accessible entry routes into museum jobs by offering opportunities for non-graduates from diverse backgrounds. There are 18 entry level positions available and 4 positions for candidates who have had previous supervisory or management experience. The learners will receive a £15,000 bursary and have a mentor, supervisor, and assessor to support them through their placement.

Placements are available in museums spanning from the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney to Hawick Museum in the Borders, and well as major visitor attractions like the National Museum of Scotland and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This is a unique opportunity for anyone who has dreamed of working in museums and galleries, but believed this was not possible due to the lack of a degree or experience in the sector.

Museums Galleries Scotland have partnered with organisations including the Princes Trust, Capability Scotland, SAMH, Skills Development Scotland and Young Scot to ensure recruitment for the programme reaches far and wide. The innovative application process involves applicants submitting a video and attending an assessment day where the focus will be on personal qualities such as teamwork and enthusiasm.

John McLeish, Interim CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:

“MGS has been running intern and trainee programmes since 2011, building on our successes and learning from each iteration.

Skills for Success is the most ambitious, open and accessible programme yet, introducing new methods of recruitment and management level positions. We hope to attract a really diverse group of learners who will each bring their own unique skills to their host museum.”

Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, added:

 “The heritage sector is becoming more and more popular as a career option with demand for traineeships such as the Museums Galleries Scotland programme, exceedingly high. As we celebrate the Year of Young People, the National Lottery is helping by providing more opportunities for young people, and a broader range of people, to pursue a career in heritage through work-placement training. Not only does this develop their own personal skills and qualifications, it ensures that valuable heritage skills are not lost.”

The closing date for applications is 9am on 30th May 2018, and details of all the available placements can be found at



Full List of Host Organisations

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
  • The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders’ Museum
  • City of Edinburgh Council (working across City Art Centre/Lauriston Castle/Museum of Childhood/People’s Story Museum/Writers’ Museum/Museum of Edinburgh)
  • David Livingstone Centre
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council (working across Annan Museum/Dumfries Museum/Old Bridge House Museum/Robert Burns Centre, Robert Burns House)
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Gallery of Modern Art
  • The Open Museum, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
  • Hawick Museum
  • Halliwell’s House Museum/Trimontium Museum
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage and Museum
  • Pier Arts Centre
  • Paisley Museum and Art Gallery
  • The Scottish Crannog Centre
  • Scottish Fisheries Museum
  • Scottish Maritime Museum
  • The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
  • University of Stirling
Published 09 May 2018