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Skills for the Future

Skills for the Future trains and supports people from diverse backgrounds to start their careers in the museums and galleries sector. We have run these projects since 2011, with support and funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Our previous three programmes have seen 57 learners undertake one year placements in 35 host museums across Scotland. 87% of these learners went on to find employment in the heritage, arts or third sector.

In January 2018 we launched Skills for Success, our biggest programme to date. Skills for Success saw a cohort of 22 non-graduate learners (20 entry level and 2 management level) taking part in a one year paid placement in museums across Scotland while undertaking the SVQ3 Museums and Galleries Practice, a nationally recognised qualification. The programme concluded in September 2019, with 21 of 22 learners completing the placement. Skills for Success has now been evaluated and the Skills for Success Legacy Programme is now underway. 

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Workforce Development Programme

The Workforce Development Programme provides a range of skills development opportunities for staff and volunteers within the sector. The team provide monthly skills updates and you can read our progress in July right here.

These opportunities are a combination of peer-to-peer learning through our MGS Knowledge Exchange Programme alongside more vocational, skills-based courses through our MGS Skills Academy, delivered by MGS and partner organisations, as well as signposted opportunities that we think you will find useful.

• Online sessions - We're working towards shifting relevant elements of our Knowledge Exchange online, diversifying our programme to include more content, focused on personal resilience - wellbeing, mental health as well as financial management, and other forms of organisational support. This will be in addition to a programme of collections, learning, volunteer and skills advice which is currently being developed.

• Courses - We work with key organisations and professionals to offer high-quality courses addressing the training needs within the sector. These courses can be between one and three days long and are usually run in Edinburgh.

• Workshops - Workshops consist of half day, informal, introductory sessions on a range of topics based in Edinburgh. These sessions are an opportunity to deliver resources and for participants to share good practice, ideas and network with others in the sector.

• Surgeries - Telephone appointments with the Grants team to discuss potential MGS funding applications.


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