MA encourages English museums to comment on draft apprenticeships standards

Patrick Steel, 23.10.2017
Deadline is end of the month
The Museums Association (MA) is encouraging museums to comment on draft apprenticeships standards to set a framework for the apprenticeships levy in England, introduced in April.

The apprenticeship levy is the new funding model for the development of new apprenticeship standards, looking to expand the apprenticeship opportunities available within an organisation or sector.

"Apprenticeships are great way for many to start a career in the sector or to help existing members of staff up-skill and develop," says Sara Whybrew, the director of the Creative Employment Programme and legacy at Creative & Cultural Skills.

"They provide us with an opportunity to attract a much more diverse range of talent and skill into the industry, and encourage a step-change in our sometimes elitist recruitment practices.

"There is good evidence to show that apprenticeships can help us address our skills gaps and shortages, improving our resilience and long term economic outputs."

Two new standards are being developed, museums and galleries technician, and registrar.

Tamsin Russell, the MA's professional development officer, says: "It is important that the apprenticeship standards accurately reflects the skills, knowledge and behaviours that employers would expect someone to be competent in by the end of the apprenticeship.

"Employers of any size, from museums, galleries and similar organisations (both public and commercial) are invited to comment on the draft standards to ensure it is fit for purpose. Sector support organisations are also able to comment."

Links and downloads

Registrar

Proposed standard (pdf)


Online questionnaire

Paper version of questionnaire (word)

The deadline for feedback is 31 October 2017.

Museums and galleries technician

Proposed standard (pdf)

Online questionnaire

Paper version of questionnaire (word)

The deadline for feedback is 30 October 2017.

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