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

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

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  • 1. Young People in anadventure with ScientistsDr Kenny WebsterLearning and Operations ManagerThinktank Birmingham Science Museum@kennywebster
  • 2. Thinktank SHCL - Vision• Local community– create paid opportunities and develop transferable skills for local youngpeople• Science/ learning– raise awareness of and encourage young people to follow careers inscience/ heritage• Thinktank– staff become more representative of local communities and beingadvocates for the museum• Museum sector– trained individuals armed with the skills necessary to carry out entry-levelmuseum jobs
  • 3. The Career Ladder Model• Hierarchy of paid experiences in the museum• New York Hall of Science have been running acareer ladder for over 25 years• Programme recruits, trains and pays students towork as Explainers• 150 people in their program
  • 4. SHCL• Who is our audience?– Young people– Living or studying locally– Still in education– People with available time• College students over theSummer Holiday
  • 5. SHCL• Who is confident but not too confident• Who can understand the concept of enabling• Who can follow instructions• Who shows enthusiasm for the role
  • 6. 2008 - 2012• Recruited through local colleges• Careers events, careers advisors• 31 Traineeships• 12 Volunteers• 8 permanent staff• An army of casual staff!
  • 7. What do they learn?• Customer Service• Practical ‘Enabling’ - communicating• Disability and Diversity awareness• Care of Collections• Career advice and assistance• Transferable skills• Cultural skills
  • 8. The future?• ACE funding to extend to other Birmingham Museum sites• Cultural Career Ladders• Absorbed the work experience programme into the SHCL• Ignite - Thinktank Young People’s Forum• Creating a clearer engagement journey for young people
  • 9. Young People in anadventure with ScientistsDr Kenny WebsterLearning and Operations ManagerThinktank Birmingham Science Museum@kennywebster