The Teaching Museum: Trainee Programme is a new strand of work developed by Norfolk Museums Service to address challenges around opening up vocational entry routes into the museum sector. Traineeships are 12-month, paid, real jobs supported by a development programme delivered by Norfolk Museum Service staff.
The programme includes on the job learning, one day a week at workshops with other trainees and mentoring. Workshops cover all aspects of museum work under the following themes: understanding museums (history and context), collections, learning and access, managing the museum and the museum as a business. Trainees keep a learning log and have regular opportunities to reflect on their learning. During the final three months they are supported to look and apply for their next job.
Trainees do not need museum qualifications or previous museum experience but are recruited for their positive attitude, commitment to learning and potential. All of their posts include work to increase access to collections for the public and this extra capacity has enabled the service to provide more opportunities to engage local communities and visitors.