Applications closing soon for paid, accredited training opportunities at top UK heritage organisations

Applications closing soon for paid, accredited training opportunities at top UK heritage organisations

With over 1 million unemployed young people in the UK, this diversity in heritage programme offers a financially supported and professionally supervised path into a highly competitive sector, whilst providing invaluable sector-specific accredited training in heritage management.

Strengthening our Common Life’ (SOCL)

PAID TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED IN TOP HERITAGE INSTITUTIONS

• Full-time work-based paid traineeships of 12 months, starting April – June 2013
• Each traineeship includes a training grant of c.£13,500pa*
• New vocational qualification – QCF Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage – awarded on successful completion
• Applications now open: Deadline 4th February 2013

A highly successful and groundbreaking heritage skills training programme – known as ‘Strengthening our Common Life’ (SOCL) – is now offering a second round of paid training placements, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and hosted by a consortium of leading cultural heritage organisations across the country. Traineeships start between April and June 2013, with each trainee receiving a training grant of £13,500 pa*.

With over 1 million unemployed young people in the UK, SOCL offers a financially supported and professionally supervised path into a highly competitive sector, whilst providing invaluable sector-specific accredited training in heritage management.

Created and managed by independent London-based arts and heritage charity, Cultural Co-operation, and funded through HLF’s Skills for the Future initiative, the programme aims to increase workforce diversity by offering opportunities to individuals in sections of the UK’s diverse population currently under-represented in the heritage sector. 18-25 year olds in Britain’s minority ethnic and faith groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

An independent external evaluation has described SOCL as “A best practice model for diversifying the workforce in the cultural heritage sector… [one]… that is truly charting new territory”.

Prakash Daswani, Cultural Co-operation’s Founder and Chief Executive, explains: “This is a unique opportunity for young people to enter into the heart of Britain’s mainstream culture: learning about our national heritage, re-interpreting it and making decisions about it for the benefit of all.

Trainees will be immersed in different aspects of heritage, including exploring the many overlooked cultural connections between Britain and the rest of the world. They will receive regular expert training to acquire the professional skills necessary to care for and manage our common heritage – and open it up to existing and new audiences, now and for the future.”

The first round of traineeships (SOCL1) ended in December 2012, with 10 of the 12 Trainees to date securing paid employment within the sector, including at Lambeth Palace, the Southbank Centre and English National Opera. HLF’s Chief Executive, Carole Souter, CBE, recently presented all SOCL1 trainees with their QCF Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Find out more about the programme and how to apply for a placement in SOCL2:
www.culturalco-operation.org/pages/socl or by emailing: socl@culturalco-operation.org

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