Here at CCSkills we are proud to have facilitated the development of a brand new, level 3 museum and gallery technician apprenticeship. This apprenticeship will create a vocational pathway into this occupation, which people typically progress into via informal routes.

The apprenticeship will be available later in 2021 and will address a skills shortage across the sector.

Sara Whybrew, Director of Policy and Development at Creative & Cultural Skills, said:

“The Museum and Gallery Technician Apprenticeship provides a new formal and dedicated technical training route for this occupation. The employers that helped create this are ensuring we can open access to jobs in the sector irrelevant of someone’s prior educational background, enabling individuals to earn whilst they learn.

“This apprenticeship also helps shine a light on a really important role in the museum and gallery sector that is rarely showcased or spoken about at school or as part of careers talks, going some way to amplifying the many hidden jobs across the cultural industries.

“We hope employers of all sizes will use this apprenticeship route, alongside others, to help our sector grow the diverse talent it needs for the future and help us all build back fairer post-Covid.”

The University of Cambridge Museums chaired the trailblazer group that developed this new apprenticeship with support from a range of stakeholders such as the Natural History Museum, Crown Fine Art, Wysing Arts Centre, Imperial War Museum, Tate, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, V&A, Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Norfolk Museums Service, Museums Association, South London Gallery, and The National Gallery.