Learning and Programmes Trainee with The City of Edinburgh Council Museums and Galleries

Location: Edinburgh

The Museum
The City of Edinburgh Council Museums and Galleries is made up of thirteen varied and fascinating venues. In addition, the service looks after around 200 historic monuments and attractions throughout Edinburgh.

They hold, care for and develop rich and varied collections relating to the historical and cultural life of Scotland’s Capital. Their venues also boast an exciting and vibrant programme of events and exhibitions, offering something for everyone to enjoy.

The Role
Edinburgh Museums and Galleries (EM&G) has a growing and dynamic Public Engagement area with a track record of devising diverse and creative learning programmes – engaging with all audiences. As part of EM&G’s Business Plan for 2013-2018 they aim to place people and participation at the heart of what they do and one of the specific objectives is to annually develop public programmes, work with partners to become more sustainable and develop audience development strategies.

As the Learning and Programmes Trainee the successful individual will be involved in public engagement programmes. You will be involved in events that are already established within the service but also with the development of new projects and initiatives. This will involve assisting with development of programmes involving diverse groups, like community groups, schools, further and higher education tour groups, art groups and groups with special needs.

The successful trainee will get the opportunity to meet and work with several partners on this project.

The Details
The trainee will work closely with the Public Programmes Manager and learn more about projects involving learning and public engagement. They will be based at the City Art Centre and will have a dedicated desk space and IT resources but will also spend time working in other venues with volunteers and EM&G staff.

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

The trainee will be line managed by the Public Programmes Manager and will be a part of the Museums Development Team which includes Education, Public Programmes, Front of House, Retail, Commercial, Venue Management and Marketing activities. 

Public programmes is a diverse area and provides a rich learning experience. After a period of shadowing and familiarisation in all areas of public engagement the trainee will be supported to develop and focus on projects which most interest them. The trainee will receive regular supervision sessions and will have opportunities to discuss ideas for other tasks and projects they would like to develop.

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 Learning and Programmes Traineeship with The City of Edinburgh Council Museums and Galleries 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
• CCSCH56: Contributing to the design of exhibitions and displays in a cultural heritage organisation

Digital Skills
No available modules

Volunteer Management
• CCSCCS28: Working with volunteers in a creative and cultural organisation
• SFTMVD3: Supporting the development of volunteer’ knowledge, skills and competence

Optional Modules
• CCSCCS1: Providing effective customer service
• 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.