The Training Museum
“Being a Training Museum Trainee is an incredible experience and has opened my eyes to a world of opportunities.”Scott Collins
We want to open up routes into the museum sector and one way we have been doing this is through year-long, full-time traineeships. Our Trainees came from a variety of backgrounds, but shared the fact that they hadn’t previously been employed at a museum.
In the autumn of 2015, we welcomed Alex, Elisha, Em, Joe, Sammi and Scott. The group were joined by Anton, a Trainee from the British Museum’s Learning Museum programme. The following year Esme, Mark, Michael and Tim became part of our team.
During their time at Colchester + Ipswich Museums, all our Trainees gained hands on experience, working alongside our various teams and receiving vocational training in a range of areas. As well as the practical experience of working for a local authority museum, they visited other organisations, attended external training courses and built links with museum sector networks. Along the way they shared their experiences via a blog.
We do not currently have any vacancies, but if you would like to be notified of future traineeship or apprenticeship opportunities, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to join our mailing list.
“The Training Museum has been fantastic. It has allowed me to gain hands on experience in a variety of museum roles. I have particularly enjoyed planning for a Vintage event that the Colchester trainees are running.”
Vocational Training Received
- Collections documentation
- Database management
- Packing, storing and labelling objects
- Object photography
- Exhibition design and installation
- Museum audiences and evaluation
- The Museum Code of Ethics and Accreditation
- Emergency planning
- Marketing and text writing
- Devising trails and learning from objects
- Finds and the Treasure Act
- Networking, presentation skills, interview techniques and CV writing
The Training Museum is an exciting workforce transformation programme for Colchester + Ipswich Museums, generously supported by Arts Council England.