Outreach and Education Trainee with North Lanarkshire Archives

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Full-time, fixed term work-based training placement of 51 weeks to start in September 2015

• Bursary of £14,500 per annum
• Skills focus: Education and Outreach
• Location: Motherwell


This traineeship is one of 6 offered this year in archive services across Scotland as part of the Opening up Scotland’s Archives project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For more information on the traineeship programme please download the Trainee Information Pack.

The Host Organisation

North Lanarkshire Archives holds records of national significance. Collections document the development of the North Lanarkshire area from a rural society to manufacturing, the growth of heavy industry and post industrial times. Major holdings are the records of the Hamilton of Dalzell family, William Baird & Co, at one time the largest iron founders in Scotland and the internationally significant collection of the Cumbernauld Development Corporation. Within our records of the previous administrations of the area we hold popular family history resources such as burial and poor law records. The archives works closely with the local community and welcomes researchers from all over the world.

The Role

The key goals of the North Lanarkshire Archives traineeship will be to develop skills in working with volunteers, outreach activities, community engagement, and understanding the needs of diverse local groups. The trainee will also aim to develop an understanding of theoretical aspects of archival work, to gain knowledge of standards and best practice in this area, to understand the role of the archive within the community and to be informed by the broader context of the museum and records management environment. There will furthermore be an opportunity to develop skills in running school and reminiscence workshops. 

In addition the trainee will develop workplace skills such as working in a team, time management, and planning projects. Towards the end of the traineeship full support will be given to the trainee as they consider their future, for example through discussion of job applications and interview skills. The traineeship will be recorded through the use of an online learning blog and the compilation of a portfolio of evidence of work.

What you will gain as a trainee

During the traineeship you will build a portfolio of skills, experience and training designed for you to take forward into future employment. At induction you will be provided with your training plan setting out the learning objectives and activities in more detail. The training programme is responsive to the individual trainee requirements and you will therefore have the opportunity to liaise with your trainer to establish an individual programme of support.

Through the University of Dundee you will also have the opportunity to undertake accredited distance learning modules. This may be used to count towards a future qualification in Archives or a related discipline.

It is envisaged that you will gain the following skills during this traineeship:
• Understanding archives, the wider heritage sector and organisational culture
• Understanding of key aspects of collections appraisal, accessioning, arrangement, description and preservation
• Understanding archives enquiry work and search room management
• Outreach, including working with volunteers and diverse user groups
• Understand audiences and potential audiences
• Team working and communication skills, including communicating about archives
• Personal development including the ability to plan and manage continued development in professional fields
• Project / time management

Additional Information

The six Opening Up Scotland’s archives trainees will regularly meet up at archive services across Scotland during the year to learn from their peers, attend a variety of seminars, group training and work alongside skilled and knowledgeable mentors within each host organisation. As part of the peer learning programme all trainees will take part in a training week at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh. As well as your specialist focus area, training will cover: Outreach and Community Engagement, Digitisation, Digital Preservation, Collections Development and Traditional Archive Skills.
Trainees will also be part of an online community offering support and learning opportunities. IT access, stationery and other reasonable resource requirements will be provided by the placement provider.

About you

Are you
• Passionate about learning new skills?
• Enthusiastic about taking on new challenges?
• Looking for a new career?
• Confident in using IT?
• Always on social media (or want to learn more)?
• Great at getting on with people?

If so, we’re looking for a trainee with the potential to develop a new career in the archive sector. We want to build on your practical skills and experience in IT and show you the great opportunities that archives and their collections can offer.


• Higher English, or equivalent, and Standard Grade Math, or equivalent
• Good IT skills and experience in using IT and the web for a range of activities
• Good manual dexterity and attention to detail
• Demonstrable commitment to sharing and accessing information online
• Good communication skills, both spoken and written, and the ability to gather and share information in an interesting and understandable way
• Demonstrable ability to work as part of a team
• An demonstrable interest in the heritage sector and community engagement
• An interest in the history of the North Lanarkshire area within the context of Scottish and European history
• Excellent people skills and the ability to engage with a variety of different groups and individuals
• Good problem solving skills, the ability to develop processes and procedures for a new activities and resilience in coping with and overcoming setbacks.


• Experience of creating web content/resources, whether in a personal or organisational context
• Experience in volunteering and understanding the benefits of volunteer work
• Good organisational, planning and time management skills
• Experience of organising events
• Understanding of working with the public / good ‘customer care’.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

Interviews will be held on 27 July 2015

In order to apply for a SCA traineeship you must be able to demonstrate that you have a right to work legally in the UK.