Glasgow Museums Heritage Horizons Trainee with Glasgow Museums (Glasgow Life)

Location: Glasgow

The Museum
Glasgow Museums is a large organisation, with 350+ staff, 9 venues and the Open Museum outreach service. Glasgow Museums includes many of Scotland’s top tourist attractions including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art.

The Role
The traineeship will be matched to the trainee’s interests to create a mutually beneficial work programme, identifying projects and tasks that will gain the evidence required to achieve the SVQ module.

The first part of the traineeship will focus on gaining a solid understanding of how the organisation works: the different staff and volunteers in the venues; the work programmes and audience development plans and how the organisation achieves its goals and priorities. The trainee will be given key meetings and staff forums to attend throughout the traineeship and encouraged to network within the company. The trainee will be encouraged to participate in key Glasgow Museums events: the Research Conference; the Volunteer Forum the Community Forum and Staff Ambassadors Programme of talks.

Potential projects that the trainee could be involved in would include:

1. Learning & Engagement
The trainee would, if wished, be able to be involved in the Turner Prize Project. Although held in Tramway, GoMA/Glasgow Museums will be helping develop and run the public engagement programme and formal schools programme. The trainee will be able to get involved directly with the Turner exhibition but also the GoMA programme and exhibition that will be Turner-related and will run in tandem. This exhibition will be a joint project with Glasgow School of Art.

The trainee could also be involved in the Kelvinhall Major Capital Project partnership between Glasgow Museums, The Huntarian and Scottish Screen Archive. Glasgow Museums will be actively working with Community Groups to develop a programme of Learning, Talks, Tours and public engagement.

2. Collections and Interpretation
In 2016 GoMA will celebrate it’s 20th anniversary. As part of this Glasgow Life are starting to do a lot of archival work with the collection, past exhibitions and history of the building. Through this the trainee can develop skills and get involved with such activities as: researching the collection, adding to object files, photography of objects, object handling, object movement, digital skills, developing content for online archive, interpretation writing and much more.

3. Digital & New Media
The Digital and New Media Team are responsible for championing initiatives for Glasgow Museums & Collections by developing and coordinating creative and informative user-focused content for all digital and new media channels - In gallery, Online and Mobile.

The team has responsibilities for development of learning resources for a creative and cultural organisation; however, the trainee would be offered broader experience of the work area within: In Gallery Interpretation, Mobile and Online across 10 museums.

4. Volunteer Management
Glasgow Museums have a well-established Volunteer and Placement Programme, involving circa 500 Volunteers, Placements, Trainees and School Work Experience Placements. In 2013-14 Glasgow Museums Volunteers and Placements completed 43,351 hours of volunteering. The Programme has a series of successful volunteering roles, including: Volunteer Guides; Research Volunteers; Learning & Access Volunteers; Curatorial Volunteers; Conservation Volunteers; Logistics Volunteers and Events Volunteers

The trainee could work on the Volunteer and Placement Programme, based at GMRC, to enable the trainee to be confident in the database and paperwork systems, recruitment and selection procedures and support systems in place which ensure a fair and consistent Volunteer Programme.

The trainee will work on two main elements of the Volunteer and Placement programme. Firstly, they will work on the existing Glasgow Museums Volunteer programme, recruiting, placing, training, supporting and supervising new and existing volunteers in Glasgow Museums Volunteering Programme. Secondly, the trainee could assist with the development of Volunteering in Kelvinhall Project. This would involve creating new role profiles, amending policy documents and partnership working.


The Details
The Trainee will receive an in depth introduction to Glasgow Museums, including: the wider parent company; all the Glasgow Museum venues; the different departments within the organisation; key staff in each venue and department.

The Trainee will spend time with their mentor and spend time developing a work plan, based on the SVQ modules chosen. This will be influenced by key events in Glasgow Museums’ calendar, to ensure the Trainee is exposed to the most relevant opportunities on the horizon.

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

Two traineeships are available at Glasgow Life.

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 Glasgow Museums Heritage Horizons Traineeship with Glasgow Museums 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
• CCSCCS72: Delivering interpretation for exhibitions or displays for a creative or cultural organisation
• CCSCH54: Providing specific information on a collection for a cultural heritage organisation
• CCSCH56: Contributing to the design of exhibitions and displays in a cultural heritage organisation
• CCSCH57: Contributing to the build of exhibitions and displays in a cultural heritage organisation

Digital Skills
• CCSCCS19: Developing and maintaining information systems for a creative and cultural organisation
• SKSIM29: Managing online engagement
• CCSCCS81: Conducting marketing for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS74: Developing learning resources for a creative and cultural organisation

Volunteer Management
• CCSCCS28: Working with volunteers in a creative and cultural organisation
• SFTMVC3: Recruiting and placing volunteers
• SFTMVD1: Planning, organising and monitoring volunteer activities
• SFTMVD3: Supporting the development of volunteers’ knowledge, skills and competence
• SFTA5: Evaluating volunteers’ contribution to strategic goals

Optional Modules
• CCSCA16: Embracing diversity in your service
• CCSCCS1: Providing effective customer service
• CCSC80: Assisting with marketing for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCV7: Contributing to the care of the premises
• CCSCV14: Monitoring the security and environment of items within a cultural venue



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.