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MGS Skills Academy


We deliver both formal and vocational, skills-based courses through our MGS Skills Academy. These are facilitated by MGS and partner organisations, as well as signposted opportunities that are relevant to museum professionals and volunteers.  

Developing My Leadership Programme

Effective leadership is central to the growth and sustainability of all organisations across Scotland. MGS is committed to supporting aspiring and established leaders in the heritage sector to enhance their key leadership skills, to work productively with those around them, and lead in an effective and authentic way.

MGS has partnered with Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) to develop and deliver 10-credit SCQF Level 9 leadership programmes to over 100 delegates across Scotland at various stages of their careers.

These leadership programmes enable delegates - particularly those new to their roles - to develop themselves as self-aware and confident leaders. Delegates also learn practical skills and tools which they can apply to their work for the benefit of their colleagues and organisations.

The next 'Developing My Leadership' programme launches on 22nd September 2022. To sign up or find out more, please follow the link below.

For further details please contact John Campbell, MGS Senior Skills Development Manager, at or 0131 550 4131.

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Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeships

MGS is approved by Skills Development Scotland to deliver Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeships which are open to new and existing employees between the ages of 16 to 29 years old and are a fantastic way to upskill and develop your workforce.

Read a little more about the benefits of Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeships.

Read about the experiences of Digital Marketing Modern Apprentices.

In addition to Modern Apprenticeships there is also the opportunity to get involved with Foundation Apprenticeships. You’ll get early access to future talent, by providing school pupils with real experience of the world of work. Helping them achieve an industry recognised qualification developing skills for a creative future.

If you would like to know more about these opportunities, please contact John Campbell, MGS Senior Skills Development Manager at or 0131 550 4131

Modern Apprenticeships details

Museums and Galleries Technician Modern Apprenticeship

Museums Galleries Scotland is looking for host organisations to employ a Museums and Galleries Technician Modern Apprentice. This national apprenticeship programme is an opportunity to progress either an existing employee or a new employee.

Museums and Galleries Technician Modern Apprenticeship involves the completion of the SVQ in Museums and Galleries Practice which is a level 7 qualification, the equivalent of an Advanced Higher, HNC or first year of university and Core Skills at level 6, the equivalent of a Higher qualification.

Through this qualification, Learners will develop an understanding of the museums and galleries sector, demonstrating their competency through practical experience. The Modern Apprenticeship allows for work-based learning that upskills staff while they continue their role. The benefits of this type of vocational learning can lead to more financial stability for the organisation, flexible learning that is accessible to all and increased employability for staff.

Find out more about the Museums & Galleries Technician Modern Apprenticeship

To discuss hosting or participating in the Museums and Galleries Technician Modern Apprenticeship contact Natalie Milor, Skills Development Manager: 0131 550 4123

Modern Apprenticeships details

Skills for Success Legacy

The Skills For Success Legacy Programme was established following on from the National Lottery Heritage Funded Skills For Success programme.

From our evaluation we found out that amongst other things it would be beneficial to grow our capacity to deliver work based learning, enable progression and entry routes through vocational learning and offer this as widely as possible. By growing our number of Workplace Assessors we will improve our capacity to deliver a variety of qualifications across museums and galleries in order to upskill and support staff. 

Read a blog from James about undertaking an SVQ at the Scottish Maritime Museum, supported by his Workplace Assessor Elliot, which helped him to continue a career he is passionate about.

This programme was completed at the end of March 2022 and you can read the evaluation report here.

The Upskilling and Celebrating Volunteers Project

The Upskilling and Celebrating Volunteers Project is a pilot project supported by the Scottish Government’s Culture Strategy for Scotland. The project aims to help increase local participation and inclusivity in museums through the recruitment of new volunteers. 

Each volunteer participating in the project will undertake an accredited Scottish Qualification Authority qualification in Museums and Galleries Practice, which is a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at SCQF level 7. Volunteers will gain a theoretical understanding of the museums sector as well as hands-on experience by undertaking in depth and impactful activities in their host museum. The volunteers’ qualification will be assessed by an experienced and qualified museum professional, trained and supported by Museums Galleries Scotland.

Workforce for the Future

This project involved working in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), museums and schools in lower SIMD areas. Pupils work to deliver an exhibition in a local museum, learn about the diversity of job roles in the sector and increase their employability skills. The ‘Workforce of the Future’ pilot project was funded through the Culture and Diversity Fund from Scottish Government.  

The museums involved were Arbroath Signal Tower, HMS Unicorn in Dundee and The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. Each museum worked with a school chosen in partnership with DYW and created a different learning resource that can be used by schools and museums alike across Scotland. 

The new project funded by Art Fund will begin in 2023 and we will continue to add resources for all to use and advocate for this type of work. 

Find out more about Workforce for the Future and how you can access supportive learning resources.