The Norfolk Teaching Museum Traineeship Programme, funded by Arts Council England is a flagship trainee scheme developed and managed by Norfolk Museums Service (NMS). The scheme has made it easier to start a career working in the heritage sector and is helping to develop the flexible workforce needed for the future.
The Programme has been a huge success with the vast majority of trainees having secured a professional role in the cultural/ heritage sector at the end of their year as a trainee. The programme makes a contribution to the diversification of the museum workforce by offering an alternative professional route into the museum and cultural heritage sector and aims to recruit and nurture trainees who develop into well-rounded professionals.
The programme has helped NMS to attract non-traditional applicants by setting the minimum level of education at A level or equivalent and prioritising an individual’s experience of and commitment to customer service plus evidence of on-going learning outside formal education over museum experience.
NMS has taken very seriously the idea that a Teaching Museum does not just benefit those relatively small number of trainees who undertake the programme but that the benefits of the programme should be experienced across the service.
Trainee, Daisy Culmer said: “The project has made me realise how supportive the place is. I spent a long time with a few people going through my job applications. The amount of help they gave me has been amazing.”
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