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Recruitment for the 2021-22 cohort of trainees will be indefinitely delayed due to the current situation with COVID-19. We are still committed to the Teaching Museum programme and will update this page when a decision has been made about the next cohort.

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The key aims of the programme are to:

  • Broaden entry routes into the museum sector and diversify the workforce by eliminating some of the traditional barriers
  • Provide real entry-level starter posts that do not require previous museum qualifications or experience
  • Recruit for attitude, aptitude and the potential to learn the skills needed to work in a museum
  • Provide a broad range of experiences that will support trainees in applying for a range of museum jobs
  • Develop reflective practitioners who are committed to continuing their own learning and development
  • Provide development opportunities for staff and involve them in skills sharing
  • Promote links and joined-up working across the service

This award-winning scheme will be funded until spring 2022 through Arts Council England’s Major Partner Organisation grant.

What's involved?

Applicants apply to join the scheme rather than for a specific position, as the job description and person specification are generic across all of the roles.

Trainees spend four days per week on the job and one day training. This expert training is delivered in-house wherever possible but trainees have the opportunity to access additional training and experience other museums and heritage sites throughout their year with us.

The training programme is the same for all trainees regardless of their role or career goals. This ensures every ‘graduate’ experiences the same broad-based training we promised to deliver.

Read the Teaching Museum blog to find out more about our trainees.


The traineeships don’t come with any guarantee of further employment.

However, we’re proud of the high percentage of trainees who have gone on to secure positions within Norfolk Museums Service and other museum and heritage organisations around the country.

With many entry-level posts requiring a postgraduate qualification as essential or desirable, our aim is for trainees to be able to demonstrate that their experience on the job offers the equivalent of this, at the very least.