CT/ACE Collections Management Traineeship Programme

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An introduction to the joint Arts Council England/Collections Trust Collections Management Traineeship Programme for employers and prospective candidates.

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CT/ACE Collections Management Traineeship Programme

  1. 1. Introducing the Collections Trust/Arts Council England Collections Management Traineeships Programme June 2014
  2. 2. About the programme • The Collections Management Traineeships Programme is a joint pilot initiative between the Collections Trust and the Arts Council England • The programme will provide support for up to 20 trainees working in UK museums to: – Build their skills and competencies in professional Collections Management; – Improve their knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Museum Accreditation Scheme relating to collections; – Develop their professional network
  3. 3. How it works • Trainees will attend an introductory seminar where they will identify learning objectives and develop a CPD plan and be introduced to a Collections Trust- appointed trainee liaison; • Trainees will work with their employers to identify a project through which to build their knowledge of professional collections management; • Trainees will be supported to review their progress and CPD, and to support one another through an e-learning platform; • On completion of the traineeship, trainees will come together to review their progress and identify future goals
  4. 4. What do you get? • Trainees will receive: – A Collections Skills Support Pack including a guide to the programme, free publications and useful information & resources; – A free Collections Management Traineeship Seminar, including travel & accommodation support; – A fully-funded delegate place at the Collections Trust’s events, including the OpenCulture conference, Going Digital event and a workshop on Risk, Rationalisation and Resilience – Support from a Collections Trust-appointed trainee liaison – Access to the Collections Trust’s networks and communities
  5. 5. Benefits for trainees Practical Skills Practical hands-on experience, exposure to the professional community and a library of best-practice publications. Career progression Opportunities for networking, attendance at professional events, a CPD plan, evidence of practical skills & competencies for future employers Coaching and development One-to-one support, peer support and access to online e-learning platform Financial support Support for costs of travel, accommodation and events
  6. 6. Benefits for employers Supported CPD Targeted, expert support for professional development for your staff Project delivery Expert advice and support for a focused project addressing a specific need Personal development Opportunities for your staff to build skills, confidence and professional networks Financial support Support for costs of travel, accommodation and events for trainees Sector profile Your museum profiled as a supporter of the traineeships programme
  7. 7. Scope of the traineeship PRACTITIONER MANAGER LEADER Commitment to customer focus Collections Management as a tool to support effective display & interpretation Ethics and social responsibility Collections Management underpinned by professional values & ethics Delivering effective outcomes Professional practice competencies (eg. documentation, environmental management) Developing positive relationships Managerial and communications competencies
  8. 8. Timeline • Call for applicants Ends July 11 • Applicants invited to ‘meet & greet’ at OpenCulture June 25/26 • Applicants selected July 25 • Trainee seminar End August • Mid-year review January 2015 • Traineeship concludes, final workshop May 2015
  9. 9. Eligibility criteria • To be eligible for admission to the Collections Management Traineeships Programme, candidates must: – Be legally entitled to work or volunteer in the UK – Be working or volunteering in the UK museum and heritage sector – Have worked or volunteered in this capacity for no more than 5 years – Have secured the support of their current host or employer – Be positive, enthusiastic and open in their approach – Be willing to commit to active participation in the programme
  10. 10. Conditions • Candidates are not expected to hold an academic museum studies qualification to be eligible for the programme; • The traineeships are unpaid – we expect that the trainee will engage with the programme as part of their development within existing employment; • The traineeships are not accessible to people who are not already working within the UK museum and heritage sector; • The traineeships are targeted toward entry-level professionals with no more than 5 years experience in the sector
  11. 11. Conditions • Candidates are not expected to hold an academic museum studies qualification to be eligible for the programme; • The traineeships are unpaid – we expect that the trainee will engage with the programme as part of their development within existing employment; • The traineeships are not accessible to people who are not already working within the UK museum and heritage sector; • The traineeships are targeted toward entry-level professionals with no more than 5 years experience in the sector
  12. 12. How to apply • Candidates should download and complete the Application Form from http://www.collectionslink.org.uk/traineeships • Application Forms, including employers’ confirmation, should be returned not later than 17.00 on Friday 11th July either by email to nick@collectionstrust.org.uk or in writing to: Nick Poole Collections Management Traineeships Collections Trust WC209 Natural History Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD
  13. 13. Contact @NickPoole1 @CollectionTrust WC209 Natural History Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD www.collectionslink.org.uk nick@collectionstrust.org.uk

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