Ottie Foster-Alexander at his placement site, Plas Mawr. Photo: GKP Film & Photo

Cultural Ambition is a long-term training programme providing young people in Wales with skills and work experience across the cultural heritage sector.

Cultural Ambition Wales

The Cultural Ambition project works across Wales with a network of leading heritage partners including museums, castles, archives, libraries and cultural heritage sites, to provide young people who are no longer in the education system or working, with in-depth skills development and work experience. It launched in 2018 and has so far provided over 26 young people with paid training placements, across 3 annual programmes.

What's involved?

  • Trainees gain a unique insight into what it means to work in the cultural heritage sector, by undertaking virtual placements with two different cultural heritage sites.

  • Trainees are mentored by staff members at those sites and included in any work that the organisations are delivering during this time.

  • The programme includes masterclasses delivered by some of the site mentors and employability training to help with next steps once trainees have completed the programme.

  • Trainees work towards an NVQ Level 2 Cultural Heritage qualification as part of the traineeship, this is delivered “on-the-job" and through online sessions with Cardiff and Vale College.

  • Trainees receive a bursary of £800 per month, for every month of the traineeship.

  • All trainees are provided with laptops for the duration of their traineeship and we also support with internet connectivity if required.

Meet Trainee: Ottie Foster-Alexander

Ottie Foster-Alexander is one our current Cultural Ambition trainees, a long-term training programme providing young people in Wales with skills and work experience across the cultural heritage sector.

Ottie's first placement has been at Plas Mawr in his hometown of Conwy, where he's been working with the Lead Custodian, Sheena Williams. In this short film, we meet both Ottie and Sheena and find out more about the programme, why Plas Mawr decided to get involved with the programme and how Ottie's been finding the training.

Watch the film

The project is led by Creative & Cultural Skills and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government’s Museums, Archives and Libraries Division.