Museums Galleries Scotland’s Skills for Success trainees at the launch of the programme at the City art Centre (c) Colin Hattersley photography

Skills for Success provides museum placements to 22 non-graduates in Scotland

Patrick Steel, 18.09.2018
Training programme aims to widen access to entry-level museum positions
Skills for Success, a training programme funded by the National Lottery and Museums Galleries Scotland, saw 22 non-graduates begin year-long learning placements at museums and galleries across Scotland last week.

Designed to address the lack of accessible entry routes into museum jobs, the programme placed 20 learners in entry-level positions, and two in management positions. Each participant receives a £15,000 bursary and will complete an SVQ level 3 qualification in museums and galleries practice, with the support of mentors, supervisors and assessors.

In all, 175 applicants competed for 22 positions, with the places going to a range of school leavers and experienced professionals with backgrounds in hospitality, music and retail.

Participants will work alongside professionals in their host museum or gallery and will learn a range of core museum skills, from digitising collections to volunteer management.

“We are delighted to be participating in Skills for Success and to have the opportunity to host a learner to assist us in developing our online catalogue,” said Sarah Bromage, the curator and archivist at the University of Stirling. “We were very keen to participate in the programme, which we hope will provide a new generation of museum professionals with important work experience in the sector.

“We also anticipate that our learner will bring a fresh new perspective to the work of the art collection and hope to learn from the experience and develop our way of working following the placement.”

The host organisations are:

• 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