No. The Heritage Horizons programme is aimed at non-graduates of any age, not specifically school-leavers, further increasing opportunities for entry into the sector. While school-leavers fit into this category, all potential trainees will need to demonstrate a good level of work and life experience, as well as a personal maturity and commitment to completing the programme. This being said, the right candidates for the 20 traineeship positions may be a range of different ages and come from very different personal backgrounds.
Yes! As long as you satisfy the requirement of non-graduate status, you are very welcome to apply. We are looking for people who would like to make a committed move towards starting a career in the museums sector, and volunteers who have already displayed a passion and interest are very welcome to apply.
The traineeship opportunity is for 12 months, from 2 February 2015 to 29 January 2016.
Yes. Trainees are paid in the form of a bursary, which is administered by Museums Galleries Scotland. They will receive £15,000 over the course of their 1 year traineeship. Trainee stipends will be paid quarterly in advance.
To fit within the timescale of the project, interviews for potential trainees will take place at the hosting organisations during the week of 10-17 December, 2014. Candidates must be available for interview during this time.
No, trainees are participants in a 12-month learning programme. While it is anticipated that they will become valued contributors to the every-day running of the organisation, their experience is a traineeship with learning at its core.
SVQ stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification, and it is a nationally recognised work-based award that officially recognises that the awardee has the skills, knowledge and experience to do his/her job. SVQs exist in virtually every profession, from business, IT and management to the creative industries, trades and legal services.
The qualification is based upon assessment (by trained assessors) of a portfolio of evidence, using experience from every aspect of the awardee's day-to-day working experience.
Further information on the SVQ Level 3 in Museums Practice can be found here.
Level 3 corresponds to the level of experience and responsibility the trainee will have upon completion of the traineeship experience. According to the Scottish Qualifications Authority, this generally corresponds to an HNC level qualification in further education. Within the museums sector, it will correspond to an advanced entry level. Higher level SVQs (levels 4 and 5), correspond to middle management and senior-level management roles. Plans to create higher-level SVQs is in the long-term strategy of the 5-year Skills Development Plan, currently under development.
The traineeship programme, like the past interns programmes, is focused on increasing alternative routes into the sector. It is meant to complement existing routes into the sector, not replace them, offering the sector a chance to develop and recruit a competent and diverse workforce for the future.
Museums Galleries Scotland is committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce in its museums. This programme has been established to provide an additional and alternative route into the Scottish museum sector, complimenting the existing routes for graduates and postgraduates already in place. It will allow for a broader range of people who might not have been able to / chose not to follow the traditional route into a career in the museums sector but given the opportunity to engage as part of the workforce will make exciting, important, dynamic and valid contributions to museums in Scotland.
Adopt an Intern continues to provide internships and graduate jobs for a wide range of industries and sectors, including museums on the Current Opportunities page on our website.
Yes. In this instance 'Graduates' refers to individuals who hold a university degree (i.e. BA, BSc, MA etc). Those with HNC / HND level qualifications are eligible to apply.