MA launches new Workforce Strategy

Patrick Steel, 15.11.2017
New approach follows consultation with members and the sector
The Museums Association (MA) is launching its new Workforce Strategy at its Annual Conference and Exhibition in Manchester this week.

Following consultation with MA members and the wider museum sector, the strategy will address accessibility, different career stages, skills and knowledge gaps, and delivery.

Priorities will include supporting individuals to own their professional and career development; creating opportunities for flexible, accessible, 24/7, geographically dispersed development and networking; creating opportunities for deeper exploration and reflection of self and professional practice; and offering learning and development opportunities with other colleagues to learn, share skills and to network.

The strategy will be rolled out over three years, with new programmes piloted each year designed to meet the needs of the sector.

Tamsin Russell, the MA's professional development officer, says: "The Workforce Strategy helps us focus on meeting our members', potential members' and the sector's needs. 

"The three-year delivery programme provides focus and flexibility to meet those needs. 

"I am really excited about the new programmes. We want our strategy to make a difference, not just a statement, which is why I am heartened to see positive shifts happening already."