Learning Museum Taster Day

April 30th 2015

Do you like working with the public?

Are you curious about your community and its past?

Would you like a year-long opportunity to build new skills?

Could you inspire others to enjoy museums and their collections?

Would you like the opportunity to visit other Museums in the UK?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, this opportunity might be for you.

With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and in partnership with the British Museum, Beamish is currently looking to recruit a trainee to join its Trainee Engager team on a year-long paid training programme. There is also opportunity to visit other museums within the partnership, with travel and accommodation being fully funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

The purpose of this programme is to equip trainees with necessary skills and knowledge to work in the museum sector so we don’t expect you to have any previous experience. Upon completion you will have a level 3 diploma (QCF) in Cultural Heritage.

The programme will also support trainees to think about longer-term career opportunities, and enable them to gain real experience to refer to in future job applications.

We are looking for people:

• Who are new to the museum sector

• With passion and enthusiasm for engaging with the public

• Are curious about objects and the stories they can tell • Open to new experiences and keen to learn

• Who can show they will benefit from this opportunity

• Willing to commit to a year-long programme of self-development and learning

Applications are particularly welcome from:

• People aged between 18 and 24

• People who are yet to complete a graduate qualification (in a related subject)

We want to recruit the people who stand to benefit the most from the programme. If you do have a degree you can still apply, but it is possible that the programme would be of less benefit to you than someone without that qualification.

If you already have extensive experience of working in a museum (upwards of three months, full time or equivalent, either paid or unpaid) or have a postgraduate qualification in a related area then unfortunately you are not eligible to apply.

To apply please visit the Job Vacancys section of our website. If you have any questions regarding the traineeship or application process please contact Celyn Gurden-Williams on 0191 370 4063. Your completed application can be emailed to celynwilliams@beamish.org.uk or posted to Beamish Museum, Resources Office, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG. If you require any assistance in completing your form due to disability or impairment, assistance will be given in completing basic details and an audio/video file with your responses to other questions can be submitted either by email or a Youtube link.

This traineeship position is part of a network of ten trainees at ten different museums across the UK. Individuals can apply to one museum only.