Funding for trainee development

Rose Hardman reports on funding that will enable fantastic new opportunities for conservation trainees.

Heritage lottery fund

We were delighted to receive the news recently that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £350,700 to help National Museums Liverpool and the North West Fed deliver training opportunities for 12 Positive Action Trainees.

The money, awarded under the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme, will give trainees a chance to learn about heritage conservation and audience development.

National Museums Liverpool’s six trainees will spend two years looking at conservation techniques with the Institute of Conservation as a key partner. We will begin advertising for placements at National Museums Liverpool in 2012.

In addition, six trainees will be placed in Manchester Museum, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, and Towneley Hall where they will develop visitor services and community outreach skills. Recruitment for these placements will begin in November 2010.

The scheme will boost the North West heritage sector’s training and development provision for Black Minority Ethnic (BME) and Disabled people; this award will enable us to expand our work whilst helping existing staff build on their skills. It will also help us reach varied sections of the community.

We look forward to updating you on the progress of the project!