Trainee Opportunity: Wordsworth Trust

Salary: National Minimum Wage for under 25s /National Living Wage for over 25s
Hours: full time (37.5 hours per week)
Contract: fixed term contract (end of January to 23 December 2019)
Closing date: 9am on Monday 5 November

The Wordsworth Trust has been providing training opportunities for people starting careers in museums, libraries and literature for over 30 years, and has a high reputation across the sector for the standard of training it provides. The Traineeship programme is designed to provide an all-round experience in a full time role (five out of seven days a week) of both an historic house and museum that receive 40,000 visitors a year.

Trainees will be joining the Wordsworth Trust at a very exciting time. In January 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Wordsworth Trust a development grant towards a new project: ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’. The grant puts the Wordsworth Trust on course to make profound and exciting changes to its site and activities in time to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth in 2020.

Trainees will specialise in one of the following departments:

Collections:

A Collections Trainee will gain experience of managing a Designated collection of approximately 68,000 items, including manuscripts, books and artworks. They will work with the Collections Team, and will gain knowledge and experience of museum practice and procedures, the recording and caring of collections, exhibitions, working with researchers, providing opportunities for visitors to access the collection, and much more.

Education:

An Education Trainee will work with the Education Development Manager and Education Officer to deliver the Wordsworth Trust’s core schools offer to children from Foundation Stage – KS5. They will develop new school and outreach sessions, both onsite and offsite, including those delivering Arts Award. They will also will deliver family activities both onsite and in Cumbrian libraries.

Applicants should demonstrate an enthusiasm for heritage and learning, and are expected to develop a knowledge of British Romanticism during the Traineeship. Previous museum experience is not essential and anyone with an enthusiasm for heritage and learning is encouraged to apply.

The Traineeship will run from January 2019 until December 2019.

The deadline for applications is Monday 5 November 2019 at 9am. For more information and to download an application pack, please visit our website.

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