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MA and CCS to update workforce development blueprint

Geraldine Kendall, 22.02.2012
Document will be altered to reflect changes in sector
The Museums Association and the sector skills council, Creative and Cultural Skills (CCS), are collaborating to update elements of the Cultural Heritage Blueprint.

The original document sets out key recommendations to develop the cultural heritage workforce over the next 10 years, identifying challenges such as restrictive entry routes and the need for increased leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

It was drawn up by the MA and the Cultural Heritage Skills Advisory Panel in 2008 amid a very different economic and political landscape.

Museum consultant Caitlin Griffiths, who is updating the blueprint on behalf of the MA, has written an initial draft and strategic museum bodies representing different museum types across the UK are now being consulted for their input and comments.

MA director Mark Taylor said: “With so much change in the museum sector and the wider world, including new strategies in all four UK countries, CCS has asked the MA to update the blueprint to address museum priorities and ensure it reflects the current economic and political climate we are operating in now.

“We hope to publish the update in April so that the key issue of workforce development can be up-to-date, prominent and well thought out in any strategies that are being developed and disseminated in the coming year.”

Click here for the 2008 Cultural Heritage Blueprint (pdf)