Visitor services traineeships
Museums and galleries
We are looking for four visitor services trainees who are keen to explore a career in museums and galleries. There are two training placements on offer at each of the following venues:
- Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery (trainees will split their time between these venues)
- Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall (trainees will split their time between these venues)
What's on offer
This is paid training, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will lead to a Level 2 certificate in Cultural Heritage.
- Do you enjoy talking to people of all ages and backgrounds?
- Do you have a helpful, positive attitude to members of the public?
- Are you a supportive team member?
- Are you enthusiastic about museums and galleries?
- Do you have an interest in working with local communities to promote the museum to people who don’t usually visit?
- Are you reliable and punctual?
- Do you have a positive attitude to learning and development?
No previous qualifications or experience are required. We are looking for people with initiative and willingness to learn, an ability to talk to people of all ages and backgrounds, and a genuine enthusiasm for museums and galleries.
The training placements will cover all aspects of working with members of the public in a museum or gallery, including welcoming individual visitors and school groups, helping them with their queries, maintaining security on the galleries, and helping to deliver family events and activities. At the end of the placement, trainees will have the experience and skills to apply for a range of posts in museum and galleries, such as visitor services assistants, gallery attendants, learning demonstrators, or community outreach workers.
The traineeships are for 18 months with training hours of 35 hours per week. Some evening and weekend working may be required. Successful candidates will be appointed subject to an enhanced CRB check, as the roles will require occasional working with children and vulnerable adults. A training bursary of £1,000 per month is available for the duration of the placement.
These traineeships are restricted to applicants from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, or people with disabilities. This Positive Action Training is allowed for under Section 158 (c) of the Equality Act 2010, enabling people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, or people with disabilities to gain experience in occupational sectors where they are under-represented.
How to apply
We are happy to have an informal and confidential discussion about any aspects of the traineeship.
If you would like an application form please download your copy here.
These posts are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for Life programme. Partners include NWFED, National Museums Liverpool, Manchester Museum and Salford Community Leisure Trust.