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Next Step Initiative is offering The Ethnic Minority Career Museum, & Built Environment Heritage Traineeships (With Bursary).

5 High Quality Grant-Supported Traineeship at Scottish Heritage Organisations

Available Positions:

Heritage Officer Traineeship X 1
Museums & Galleries Traineeship X 2
Technical Conservation Skills Traineeship x 2

Applications are now open for 5 full time 12-month accredited work-based placements in heritage management starting March 2018. Training Bursary grant of £13,500 gross per annum.
Application deadline: 5pm, Friday 9th of February 2018.


Next Step Initiative is a leading Ethnic Minority Social enterprise and Charity established in 2009, that works to empower, improve and transform the quality of life of African and Caribbean/Ethnic Minority Communities in Scotland.

Next Step Initiative, through the support of its strategic heritage partners, has created this unique and exciting new skills training programme. ‘The Ethnic Minority Career Museum and Built Environment Heritage Programme’, (EMCMBEHP).

EMCMBEHP aim is to focus on widening and strengthening skills development and access of people from the African and Caribbean/Ethnic Minority Communities across Scotland into the world of both the museum and built environment heritage sectors. EMCMBEHP is supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s National Skills for the Future Initiative.

EMCMBEHP comprises of grant-bursary supported training placements for 2018/2019., hosted by leading heritage organisations in Scotland. Host partners include; Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh Museums and Galleries, Scottish Canals, Scottish Water Trust, Edinburgh World Heritage, Archaeology Scotland.

Placement offers trainees the opportunity to gain a rich variety of skills at the frontline of heritage practice. Trainees are supervised and mentored by experienced professionals, both in their host organisations and beyond, to work on a range of activities to acquire a selection a selection of heritage management skills, for example; Learning and interpretation, Collections Management, Conservation, Audience Development, Marketing and Fundraising. Placements enable all trainees to progress towards and achieve the Industry relevant SVQ or equivalent accreditations.

Selection Criteria: Experience & Skills

  • Applicants must have a proven enthusiasm for and interest in culture and heritage and a genuine wish to pursue a career in the sector.
  • No specific academic qualifications are required but the trainees should be able to express themselves clearly in spoken and written English, have reasonable arithmetic and mathematical skills and have good attention to details.
  • Traineeship is only open to people from African and Caribbean/Ethnic Minority Communities across Scotland


Application Instructions

An application pack including further information is available to download from Next Step Initiative’s website at

If you have problems downloading the Application Pack, please email:

Interviews: week commencing from 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th 19th 21st ,26th February 2018.

Applicants will be contacted by the 12th of February 2018, if they have been selected.

Any changes to this date will be duly communicated.

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