Community Engagement Trainee with National Museums Scotland

Location: Edinburgh

The Museum
The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh is the largest of the National Museums Scotland ‘family’ of museums and is also the administrative headquarters of the organisation with all core functions based there. The National Museum of Scotland holds collections of national and international significance, covering the disciplines of Scottish History & Archaeology, World Cultures, Natural World, Art & Design and Science & Technology. In addition to their permanent galleries, they also have four special exhibition spaces hosting in-house, national and international touring exhibitions.

The Role
The traineeship will coincide with the start of The National Museum of Scotland’s MP3 Activity Plan roll-out. MP3 is their current, HLF-funded capital project to transform 10 Science & Technology and Art & Design galleries.

The Activity Plan will offer the trainee unprecedented opportunities to work alongside established learning professionals within the National Museum of Scotland and with experts and professionals externally who work with target audiences. This will be centred around engaging young adults and adults, specifically those who have little or no formal education, training or have not previously engaged with museums, culture and heritage.

The trainee will have a specific, discrete area of development work to take responsibility of for the duration of their traineeship. The trainee would be required and expected to attend all internal, departmental and cross-organisational meetings relating to the work of Learning & Programmes and the specific Activity Plan projects that they are working on. They will also attend external meetings with partner organisations and will work directly with the target audiences.

Consultation and user-generated content are key factors in NMS’s community engagement work therefore the trainee will also be expected to contribute ideas, suggestions and to feel part of the decision-making and creative process.

The Details
The trainee will be part of the Learning & Programmes department and will be based in an office with staff from this department. They will work closely with colleagues across departments including Digital Media, Exhibitions & Design, Curatorial, Marketing and Visitor Services, through project meetings, regular exchange meetings and through departmental get-together sessions. The trainee will be involved in all of these to gain a rounded experience of NMS.

The trainee will be managed day-to-day by the Community Engagement Officer to ensure they have a regular point of contact to issue and monitor tasks, and assist them with any queries.

The trainee will be involved from the outset in all internal and external meetings relating to their specific project areas. They may be required to conduct some desk-based research, but the emphasis of the traineeship will be on practical learning, through attending events, activities, meetings and getting to know the target audiences that NMS wish to work with.

They will be set specific tasks as part of their learning plan and asked to evaluate and monitor their progress and report back regularly to their supervisor. Depending on the trainee’s own learning style and skills, they may be offered an opportunity to make routine reports back – or presentations – at departmental meetings or to share the results of their traineeship with the wider NMS staffing.

Some weekend and evening work will be required to cover events outwith normal office hours.

The Modules

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 Community Engagement Traineeship with National Museums Scotland 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

Collections and Interpretation
No available modules

Digital Skills
• SKSIM29: Managing online engagement
• CCSCCS74: Developing learning resources for a creative and cultural organisation

Volunteer Management
• SFTMVC3: Recruiting and placing volunteers
• SFTMVD1: Planning organising and monitoring volunteering activities
• SFTA5: Evaluating volunteers’ contribution to strategic goals

Optional Modules
• CCSCA16: Embracing diversity in your service provision
• CCSCCS1: Providing effective customer service
• CCSCCS8: Assisting with emergency procedures
• CCSCCS80: 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.