New Year, New Trainees, New Start!

Published2nd February 2021

Transforming People to Transform Museums National Lottery Heritage Fund trainees welcomed across the region.

Thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Skills for the Future programme, Colchester + Ipswich Museum services, Suffolk County Council, The Museum of East Anglian Life, The Long Shop Museum and The National Horse Racing Museum, Newmarket, nine trainees have successfully been recruited at several museums in the region through the Transforming People to Transform Museums trainee project. 

All the Museums have welcomed their trainees virtually this month as part of the work-based training programme. The programme is designed to inspire heritage opportunities for young people in Suffolk and Essex through bursary paid placements. 

Of the nine Transforming People to Transform Museum trainees, two are based with Colchester Museums, two with Ipswich Museums, two at the Museum of East Anglian Life, two at the National Horse Racing Museum and one at The Long Shop Museum. They each have a one-year trainee placement, focusing on one of six areas – Community Engagement, Digital Collections, Events and Marketing, Exhibition and Display, Heritage Management, and Retail. 

Each trainee will be working towards an AIM Awards Level Three Diploma in Cultural Heritage which will enable the trainees to develop skills related to their specific placement area.

Regular online training sessions will also give trainees an opportunity to develop a solid foundation in museum best practice, together with transferable skills in areas that range from collections care and event planning, to budgeting and networking.

Cllr Carole Jones, Portfolio Holder for Planning & Museums, Ipswich Borough Council says:

“It’s great to see these opportunities that we have helped create for young people which will include training at our museums in Ipswich. These are challenging times for many young people, and I hope this will be the start of a fulfilling career for them.

“I am pleased that the council continues its support for those undergoing training, here in the leisure and culture sector, and in other sectors across the council.”