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Teaching Museum

Recruitment is now open for three Teaching Museum traineeships starting in September 2021. Please watch the film below, which contains all the information you need about the roles on offer this year and the details of how to apply. 

From 5pm Friday 18 June you will no longer be able to request application packs to apply for the trainee programme. If you request a pack before 5pm you have until Sunday 20 June to submit your completed application. We hope to run the programme again in the future so please look out for news of this on our social media channels.

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.