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Groundbreaking placement scheme for ethnic minority students who want to work in the heritage sector after graduating

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  • A long-established cultural organisation(Cultural Cooperation) is now  offering  a bursary-supported 12 month work-based training programme to attract young people particularly from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds  into the heritage sectors, from any  subject discipline.  The placement programme is known as SOCL (Strengthening Our Common Life)  and the tax free bursary is for £13 750. 17 placements are available in 2015 and 17 more in 2016. The placements are in the UK’s foremost museums, galleries, historic houses and cultural institutions. e.g. The British Museum, The Southbank Centre, Historic Royal palaces, the National Army Museum, the Foundling Museum and Wilton’s Music Hall. There are opportunities to work on many projects and to innovate. The chance to take a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage is also offered as part of the deal. The programme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

  •  Applicants can come from any degree background – you do not have to be studying for a degree in the creative sector.  You do not need to have a lot of experience in the sector. Enthusiasm for  heritage and the arts is crucial and some experience of volunteering (though not necessarily in the sector) might also be useful.

 

  • This is an superb opportunity. Following completion of training, 75% of the trainees entered paid work in the sector, with 82% wishing to remain in the sector.

 

 

Antonia Clark

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