The Scottish Fisheries Museum was founded in 1969 as an independent charity. It houses a recognised collection of national significance and is run by a combination of staff and volunteers under a board of Trustees. The museum is housed in a series of historic buildings on Anstruther harbour, once a major centre for fishing. Alongside its displays the museum runs an exciting education, outreach and events programme.
The Learning and Access Trainee will contribute to a range of public programmes at the museum, working across the organisation to create a vibrant and engaging series of opportunities for the public to interact with the museum and its collections.
Under the direct supervision of the Education Officer, the trainee will help to deliver learning programmes to schools, both within and outside the museum, develop activities for families, and contribute to the creation of an events programme designed to attract a range of audiences.
The trainee will be directly involved in delivery of activities and events such as guided tours, workshops or tailored learning sessions. They will also take part in the planning, marketing and evaluation of these events so contributing to the development of our outreach and access programming. This will entail working with staff and volunteers across the museum who have responsibility for collections, exhibitions, marketing, budgeting, fundraising etc., who will support the trainee in their post.
The successful trainee will be a member of the Curatorial team. The traineeship will be supervised by the Education Officer who has overall responsibility for education and outreach. The trainee will be based in the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther but the trainee will be required to work in different areas of the museum depending on the specific tasks e.g. Education Centre, Museum galleries, Stores, at external venues. (Please be aware that travel expenses between venues during traineeship hours will be covered, however travel from the trainee's home to Anstruther, and back, will not be covered.)
Some weekend and evening work will be required to cover events outwith normal office hours.
The project will begin with the trainee shadowing Curatorial/Learning staff in a range of tasks to familiarise them with the collections, buildings, procedures, activities and the people they will be working with. They will then be asked to contribute towards a series of discrete education/ outreach projects, working with the Education Officer. Finally they will be asked to organise and deliver their own projects. Regular meetings will address progress against targets, raise any areas of concern etc. This will provide a structure to the traineeship.
As the trainee's knowledge of the museum and collections grows, there will be opportunities to work with (and potentially supervise, depending on confidence and skills) museum volunteers across a number of departments, plus opportunities for input to Museum development plans.
As part of the SVQ Level 3 in Museums Practice all traineeships will cover mandatory units in background and workplace skills which will focus on:
• CCSCCS30: Understanding the sector in which you work and the wider creative and cultural context
• CCSCCS32: Taking responsibility for your work in a creative and cultural organisation and self-evaluation
• CCSCCS33: Planning and implementing your professional development in the creative and cultural industries
• CCSCV9: Cataloguing objects and collections within a cultural venue
• CCSCV15: Contributing to the care of items within a cultural venue
Within the Learning and Access Traineeship with The Scottish Fisheries Museum you will also have the opportunity to complete 4 of the following modules: (Trainees must complete 2 from their chosen stream plus an additional 2 from any other stream or optional modules)
Learning and Engagement
• CCSCCS70: Assisting with learning for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCV17 / CCSCCS71: Supporting the organisation of events and exhibitions / Delivering an event or programme of events for learning and interpretation for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS22: Assisting customers, visitors or audiences in getting the best from their experience of a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS73: Delivering community engagement for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS76: Evaluating the customer, audience or visitor experience of a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCV16: Preparing for and deliver guided tours for visitors to cultural venues
Collections and Interpretation
No available modules
• CCSCCS81: Conducting marketing for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS74: Developing learning resources for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS28: Working with volunteers in a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS1: Providing effective customer service
• CCS80: Assisting with marketing for a creative and cultural organisation
Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 24 November.
Interviews will take place at the hosting organisations during the week of 10-17 December, 2014.
In order to apply for an MGS traineeship you must be able to demonstrate that you have a right to work legally in the UK and that you have not already studied at graduate level.