Applications are now open for full-time 12-month accredited work-based placements in heritage management starting April-June 2013. Application deadline: 2pm, Monday 4th February 2013
Training grant of £13,500 gross per annum (subject to HMRC ruling).

Cultural Co-operation (CC) is a London-based independent arts and heritage charity established in 1987. It has developed an exciting new skills training programme in heritage management for young people – “Strengthening Our Common Life by nurturing heritage skills” (SOCL). SOCL is supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s national Skills for the Future initiative.

SOCL comprises 14 training placements hosted by a consortium of 14 leading heritage organisations in London, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle and Portsmouth. Host partners include: Southbank Centre; British Museum; National Portrait Gallery; Historic Royal Palaces; Tyne & Wear Museums; National Trust; and Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.

SOCL aims to make Britain’s abundant heritage assets more accessible and meaningful to the UK’s increasingly cosmopolitan population by offering high quality skills training in heritage management to young people from sections of the community currently under-represented in the heritage sector.

Applications are therefore particularly welcome from 18-25 year olds in Britain’s Black, Asian and minority ethnic and faith communities.

Placements offer trainees the opportunity to gain a rich variety of skills at the frontline of heritage practice. Trainees are supervised and mentored by experienced professionals, both in their host organisations and beyond, to work on a range of activities in order to acquire a selection of heritage management skills, for instance: learning and interpretation; collections management; conservation; audience development; marketing and fundraising. Placements enable all trainees to progress towards and achieve the QCF Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage.

Required Skills:

Applicants must have a proven enthusiasm for and interest in culture and heritage and a genuine wish to pursue a career in the sector.

Minimum qualifications: 5 x GCSEs at A*-C grade including English & Maths or comparable qualifications, experience and competence. We encourage applications from candidates up to and including degree level.

Application Instructions:

An Application Pack including further information is available to download from Cultural Co-operation’s website at: www.culturalco-operation.org/pages/socl. If you have problems downloading the Application Pack please email: [email protected]

Interviews: Weeks commencing 4th March, 11th March, 18th March, 25th March and 1st April 2013
Applicants will be contacted by 25th February if they have been selected for interview.

NB These traineeships do not constitute an offer or guarantee of employment once a placement is over. However, by gaining accredited heritage skills, trainees greatly enhance their future employment prospects.