SCC2013 - Young (science) apprentice - Anthony Richards

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Presentation from Young (science) apprentice at the 2013 Science Communication Conference organised by the British Science Association - slides by Anthony Richards

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SCC2013 - Young (science) apprentice - Anthony Richards

  1. 1. Opening doors at theScience MuseumAnthony Richards, Science Museum Learning
  2. 2. Background• Learning Operations at ScienceMuseum• 3 millions visitors, most visited place forschoolchildren• 400 staff, varied and diverse in someareas• Explainer team within Learning• Interactions, performance, visitorinteractive galleries• Desire to broaden access, usemanagement skills better representaudience
  3. 3. Process• Apprenticeship in Cultural VenueOperations• Partnership with V and A, Kensingtonand Chelsea College• One year, level 2 NVQ• Work as a Learning apprentice alongside our Explainers, preparing andmaking ready venue• 120 applicants• 15 interviews• 5 taken
  4. 4. What happened ?• Who did we choose?• How many survived?• How did we managethem?
  5. 5. What did we learn ?• Fitting into the workplace• Being treated like other staff• Understanding their backgroundand difficulties• Providing structure and ‘family’
  6. 6. Some of issues• Pregnancies• Prison• Violence• Language• Conflict• AWOL• Reliability• Emotional control• Family pressures• Gangs• Threats• Fraud
  7. 7. Successes• Hosted facilitation sessions• Three qualifications• Transition into job• Confidence and maturity• Understanding from our side• Image of the museum for them
  8. 8. Next time• Balance in the team• Support for them outside work• Transition at beginning• Mentor and coach• Better collaboration with partners
  9. 9. Memories• Their interest in science andmuseums• Removing of the headphones• Honesty and gratitude• Energy and vitality
  10. 10. Memories• Their interest in science andmuseums• Removing of the headphones• Honesty and gratitude• Energy and vitality

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