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Work experience

Our Creative Careers programmes introduce young people to different careers in heritage.

Our Online Work Experience programme runs weekly. Over six weeks, you will meet a range of museum staff from different departments, find out about their roles, take part in creative heritage-inspired activities and learn new skills for your CV. Then you are given the opportunity to create your own project. So far, we have created a book bench trail leaflet and an online exhibition about Homeless Histories.

Our work experience programmes have been successfully delivered online throughout lockdown. In the future, there will be a blend of online and in-person workshops on offer.

Experience at a higher level

If you want more experience of working at a higher level within the organisation, our Young Ambassador and Young People’s Champion volunteer roles let you work with senior leaders inside Norfolk Museums Service. They'll use your ideas and perspectives to shape how we work and ensure that the voices of young people are represented. Many of our projects can also take on Project Assistants to act as mentors or volunteers supporting our youth projects across the county.

Discover! Creative Careers events

These regular events form part of the National Careers Week programme on offer to schools and colleges across the UK in November each year. Through our Kick the Dust initiative, we have been able to expand this offer to run events at other times of the year for Norfolk-based schools and colleges.

Real jobs and opportunities

Young people who have taken part in our work experience programmes have gone on to find jobs and volunteering roles with Norfolk Museums and other arts and heritage organisations.

Work experience participant Savannah has recently secured a placement with the arts and technology company Collusion. Savannah was part of the work experience team that took on the challenge of creating a book bench trail for the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

Read more about the book bench trail project.

Nyeem, aged 21, said “I found it useful meeting various professionals within the museum and heritage sector and learning their stories, experiences and roles they played, giving me more food for thought in what career path I would like to steer into and in general more appreciation for the work that’s put into what they do. Overall a very a welcoming and supportive experience – everyone has been nothing but kind and respectful.”

Find out more

For more information email kickthedust@norfolk.gov.uk.

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