Tagged: Workforce Development

Museums Association Transformers Programme

From the Museums Association:

The deadline is approaching for applications to the Transformers training scheme for mid-career professionals looking to develop new ways of thinking, influence more effectively, and create change for themselves, their colleagues and their organisations.

Museum professionals from anywhere in the UK can subscribe to the Innovate and Influence programmes, while the Diversify programme is open to applications from England, Wales, and Scotland.

In all around 170 trainees will be supported across the three programmes in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Katy Swift, the MA’s project coordinator, Transformers, says: “The Transformers programme is an exciting opportunity for people working in and with museums to proactively meet the opportunities and challenges the sector is facing.

“The MA has built on the success of Transformers by expanding the programme to include three strands: Innovate, Influence and Diversify.

“As the programme coordinator, I passionately believe that it is the people working in museums who change lives.

“Transformers creates a timely opportunity to support and develop museum professionals and I am looking forward to building a cohort of people across the UK who are committed to building a radical and thriving sector.”

Applications to Innovate close on 27 January 2017, and applications to Influence and Diversify close on 28 February 2017.

Before submitting an application to any of the programmes, please ensure you have read the guidance notes to check that the programme is suitable for you.

Links and downloads

Transformers 2016-18

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Character Matters: Attitudes, behaviours and skills in the UK Museum Workforce

From Arts Council England:

In December 2015, BOP Consulting with The Museum Consultancy were commissioned by Arts Council England and Museums Galleries Scotland, along with the Museums Association and the Association of Independent Museums to undertake research on the attitudes, behaviours and skills needed by the museum workforce over the immediate future.

For the full report please visit the report site and for the Executive Summary please click here.

CPD – An Art Therapy Journey

This blog details my journey from being interested in Art Therapy to wanting to pursue a career in the area in the near future. I’ve been extremely lucky to have the support and opportunity to find out more about Art Therapy and the role of the therapist in this 5 day foundation course.

For an art therapist the image is always the starting point to working with a client. Understanding and knowing a client is key to working in an effective way with them, as well as understanding their psychological challenges an art therapist also has to take into account the types of materials they use, whether the client can/is willing to get messy, how they’re feeling in that exact moment, they’re creative background and much more.

First and foremost I have to thank MDNW & Gallery Oldham for supporting me to complete the course. I’ve always been extremely interested in Art Therapy ever since one of the last art classes in year 11 and we looked at career pathways in the arts.
I would also like to thank Paula Gillespie – Fotheringham for delivering such a well thought out, provocative, enjoyable and inspiring course and all of my course mates who were always inquisitive, welcoming, happy and dedicated.

The course was split over two weeks, 3 days in the first and 2 in the second.
This split gave us all the breathing space needed to process everything we had learnt. As well as a theoretical course it was also quite an emotionally draining one and I think we all benefitted from having the time and the space to reflect. We learnt the ins and outs of Art Therapy, what is and isn’t expected from a therapist, what materials are best for which clients, the importance of choosing the correct material and how to develop a client’s confidence using a creative therapy. We looked at a number of different approaches but focussed on the client centered approach. Ultimately what all of the approaches agree on is supporting a client to set comfortable and sometimes changing goals for themselves and successfully achieve them.

The course leader Paula created a safe and welcoming environment right from the beginning. Her knowledge, passion, wealth of experience and flexibility made it extremely easy to learn everything in such a short space of time. It was obvious she wanted to share her wealth of knowledge with the group and as she’s worked in a variety of settings from one on one client based to psychiatric wards in prisons etc. she was able to give us a well-informed insight into the sector.

Personally, one of the most interesting and unique elements of the course were the self-reflection and self-care components. It’s rare to have the opportunity to focus on yourself so at first it felt strange and selfish but this is obviously an essential in therapy. It goes without saying on a course like this with so many experiential workshops and self-reflection opportunities it’s easy to share and feel quite vulnerable but as a group we bonded extremely well which made it all the easier to share in a supportive environment.
By the end of the course I think we all understood the importance of giving yourself time to reflect on who you are. It’s definitely something I’m going to try and give myself more time to do.

As a gallery and museum organisation, and sector as a whole really, I can easily see the benefit Art Therapy can have on our sector. Many galleries now see the benefit the arts can have on Health and Wellbeing, especially on developing resilience and positive mental health/attitudes. Although there are lots of similarities between arts for health and Art Therapy there are many and major differences. But I believe both can benefit from each other and develop new skills from learning off one another.
With some of the skills and ideas we learnt from the course I feel comfortable implementing them and using them in a workshop setting.
Some of the simple ice breakers like ‘The squiggle game’ would be perfect for a group of teens reluctant and worried that they’re art work wouldn’t be good enough.

I love the ethos of Art Therapy; it isn’t about creating a beautiful image to be judged by a therapist. It’s the act of creating, taking that first step and putting mark to paper and understanding where you want to go. As part of my workshops I deliver I always want to incorporate some form of Art Therapy, whether that’s a simple ice breaker or enabling others to self-reflect as part of the creative process

I think Gallery Oldham will benefit from my taking part as I’m going to try and implement some of the essential components learnt into workshops I deliver from now on. This might be simple ice breakers as mentioned above or a deeper self-reflection activity. The course has also developed my understanding of creating a safe environment for participants, looking at what, if anything, I can do to make it an inviting space.

Luckily I’ll soon be working on a project with a registered Art Therapist linking to an upcoming exhibition. With the knowledge and learning I’ve taken away from the course I hope to be able to assist her where possible and offer a brilliant opportunity for our participants.

I feel extremely fortunate to have had this opportunity to discover more about Art Therapy and meet some brilliant people. It’s also, once again, kick-started my creativity. I’ve booked myself on to a few different creative workshops, set myself a task of doing ‘a drawing a day’ and I’m really appreciating the therapeutic wellbeing the arts can bring.

Once again, thank you to Alex Bird, MDNW, Gallery Oldham, Paula and everyone else who supported me during the course!
http://www.manchester-art-therapy.co.uk/

EvaD Ould-Okojie
Access and Interpretation Officer
Gallery Oldham

 

 

 

 

 

Workforce Development Conference

Wednesday 30th November 2016 

Developing a skilled and diverse workforce in the cultural sector

Conference organised by Royal Pavilion & Museums (RPM), Brighton & Hove, and funded by Arts Council England under its Major Partner Museum programme.

Call for participation

Colleagues working in museums, galleries and cultural venues are invited to put forward expressions of interest to participate in a day-long conference being held at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 30 November 2016.

The Workforce Development Programme at Royal Pavilion Museums, Brighton and Hove, aims to develop a skilled, engaged and entrepreneurial workforce by offering frontline staff the opportunity to work in different departments and get involved in projects across the organisation. Using WFD as a springboard for discussion the conference aims to review and evaluate existing programmes, consider and question challenges and discuss and devise future ways forward. 

RPM are keen to hear from colleagues that can contribute case studies, presentations, provocations, workshop activities or an exhibition stall  based on their own participation in or leadership of initiatives that;

  • Support professional and personal development amongst staff
  • Deliver staff training
  • Address skills gaps
  • Ensure equality and diversity in the workforce

Please fill the workforce development  donference call out form and return it by 10am on Monday 18 July to Conference Coordinator Lindsey Smith: lindseyeleven@me.com

SAVE THE CONFERENCE DATE: Wednesday 30 November

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/conference-developing-a-skilled-and-diverse-workforce-in-the-cultural-sector/

More details to follow shortly. Bookings will open on 1 September 2016

Tender Opportunity: NWFed

Invitation to tender opportunity – Support our Skills Volunteer Training Programme Brief

The NWFED (formerly the North West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries) exists to support all people working in, or with a professional interest in, museums, art galleries and heritage organisations in the North West and Isle of Man, including volunteers. It provides for their development, advocates for their work and strengthens them through partnerships.

In partnership with Museum Development North West (MDNW), we are developing a training programme for sector volunteers in the North West. This programme is funded by MDNW and supports their Museum Development Programme 2015-18, as well as the NWFED Business Plan 2015-18.

In January-February 2016 we commissioned research to inform the design and content of the Support our Skills volunteer training programme. This research is now complete and we are ready to develop and launch the programme. The programme will run from September 2016 until March 2017 with an evaluation report to be completed by end of April 2017. The aim of the programme is to support the career development of volunteer staff.

We are now seeking a consultant/freelance professional to support us in this work.

Scope of work:

  1. Develop detailed content for the training programme, based on research findings, and in liaison with the NWFED Board and MDNW.
  2. Work with NWFED Board members and MDNW to recruit programme trainers/presenters.
  3. Develop a timetable and budget breakdown for programme delivery.
  4. Advertise the programme and support the recruitment of participants.
  5. Co-ordinate and facilitate the delivery of the programme.
  6. Undertake programme evaluation and produce a final evaluation report.

Project Budget:

The total project for the SOS programme is £12,000 to include consultant fee (indicative fee £7,000), trainers’ fees and expenses, room hire, catering, participants’ expenses, equipment, course materials etc.

Timescale:

Stage 1 – Programme design to be completed by 30/07/2016
Stage 2 – Programme delivery to be completed by 31/03/2017
Stage 3 – Evaluation report to be completed by 30/04/17.

Consultant Fee :

The fee for this work is £7,000 including expenses.

How to respond:

Please submit a tender response by Thursday 16 June to include a CV with details of previous relevant experience, fee breakdown, indicative project delivery schedule and project approach to Alex Walker at a.m.walker@hotmail.co.uk

If you have any queries, or would like to discuss the project in more detail, please contact Alex Walker, a.m.walker@hotmail.co,uk. Tel 07507 888271

Interviews will be held during week commencing 27 June.

MDNW Emerging Leaders Programme

The deadline for applications is just around the corner for our first Emerging Leaders programme and you have until 5pm Monday 1st June to submit them. This six-month programme is for early career museum professionals who would like to focus on developing their leadership skills.

Programme details
The programme will consist of one workshop per month for six months starting in July and will focus on the following areas:

  • Confidence building
  • Management style identification
  • How to inspire your team
  • How to deal with difficult people
  • How to broker partnerships
  • Change management
  • How to embed new ways of working
  • Identifying and managing stress
  • How to excel
  • Idea development

The programme includes some homework, to help apply the learning from the workshops to participants’ own workplace. The programme will also be an opportunity to create contacts and networks across the region and work in partnership with other participants.

About the trainers:
The programme will be run by Alex Lindley and Shirley Collier.

Alex is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has worked in Learning and Development and Human Resource Management for over 10 years. She has delivered workshops and programmes covering areas such as leadership development, personal skills, organisational and cultural change and has spent time as a mentor for new leaders.

She now works primarily with the heritage sector, but brings leadership insights and best practice from a wide range of sectors and organisations, from small volunteer run museums to international banks – and a great deal in between!

Shirley Collier has 20 years’ experience in museums and management – including several years as CEO of Scarborough Museums Trust – giving her personal and practical experience of many of the issues which affect early career professionals in the sector. She has developed and delivered training for a range of organisations, from national museums to small independent museums. Shirley also works as an executive coach, focusing on transition – changing roles, promotions, moving sectors – and resilience, resourcefulness and motivation.

How to apply
There are 10 places available this year and people can either nominate themselves or be nominated but there has to be a line-management participation agreement.

The dates for the workshops are 3rd July, 28th August, 17th September, 22nd October, 19th November, 10th December. We will confirm venues asap.

If you are interested in participating please can you write a paragraph showing how you and your museum will benefit from your participation. You will also need to provide evidence that you have your manager’s support for taking part in the programme.

Please send all applications to Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer –alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm Monday 1st June.

There is no charge for participation but because places are limited there will be a drop-out fee of £150 per delegate if delegates are unable to complete the programme.

If you would like more information please contact Alex Bird.

MDNW Emerging Leaders Programme

We’re pleased to announce that MDNW will be running its first Emerging Leaders programme this year and that applications are now being accepted. This six-month programme is for early career museum professionals who would like to focus on developing their leadership skills.

Programme details
The programme will consist of one workshop per month for six months starting in July and will focus on the following areas:

  • Confidence building
  • Management style identification
  • How to inspire your team
  • How to deal with difficult people
  • How to broker partnerships
  • Change management
  • How to embed new ways of working
  • Identifying and managing stress
  • How to excel
  • Idea development

The programme includes some homework, to help apply the learning from the workshops to participants’ own workplace. The programme will also be an opportunity to create contacts and networks across the region and work in partnership with other participants.

About the trainers:
The programme will be run by Alex Lindley and Shirley Collier.

Alex is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has worked in Learning and Development and Human Resource Management for over 10 years. She has delivered workshops and programmes covering areas such as leadership development, personal skills, organisational and cultural change and has spent time as a mentor for new leaders.

She now works primarily with the heritage sector, but brings leadership insights and best practice from a wide range of sectors and organisations, from small volunteer run museums to international banks – and a great deal in between!

Shirley Collier has 20 years’ experience in museums and management – including several years as CEO of Scarborough Museums Trust – giving her personal and practical experience of many of the issues which affect early career professionals in the sector. She has developed and delivered training for a range of organisations, from national museums to small independent museums. Shirley also works as an executive coach, focusing on transition – changing roles, promotions, moving sectors – and resilience, resourcefulness and motivation.

How to apply
There are 10 places available this year and people can either nominate themselves or be nominated but there has to be a line-management participation agreement.

The dates for the workshops are 3rd July, 28th August, 17th September, 22nd October, 19th November, 10th December. We will confirm venues asap.

If you are interested in participating please can you write a paragraph showing how you and your museum will benefit from your participation. You will also need to provide evidence that you have your manager’s support for taking part in the programme.

Please send all applications to Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm Monday 1st June.

There is no charge for participation but because places are limited there will be a drop-out fee of £150 per delegate if delegates are unable to complete the programme.

If you would like more information please contact Alex Bird.

Tender Opportunity – Emerging Leaders Programme

Context

Museum Development North West is managed by the Manchester Partnership and Cumbria Museums Consortium. The funding for the programme comes from Arts Council England’s (ACE) Museum Development funding 2015-18.

The areas of MDNW’s work are based around ACE’s five goals as set out in their ten-year strategic plan ‘Great Art and Culture for everyone’.www.artscouncil.org.uk

  1. Excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries
  2. Everyone has the opportunity to experience and to be inspired by the arts, museums and libraries
  3. The arts, museums and libraries are resilient and environmentally sustainable
  4. The leadership and workforce in the arts, museums and libraries are diverse and appropriately skilled
  5. Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries

The purpose of this brief is to encourage proposals for a coherent development programme to support a cohort of museum professionals to improve their leadership skills and personal resilience (ACE Goal 4).  The cohort of professionals will be made up of people from across the North West

The focus of the work will be developing skills, resilience and confidence in a group of 10 early career museum professionals. It is envisaged that the programme will be delivered through workshops for the entire cohort and the proposed programme will take place over six days within a six months period starting in June 2015.

Areas of Learning

The areas we would like to cover in the programme are:

  • Confidence building
  • Management style identification
  • How to inspire your team
  • How to deal with difficult people
  • How to broker partnerships
  • Change management
  • How to embed new ways of working
  • Identifying and managing stress
  • How to excel
  • Idea development

There will also be an opportunity to tailor the programme to suit delegate needs.

The programme will require the successful applicant to work collaboratively with the Sector Development Officer throughout development and delivery.

Budget

The fee for the programme is £7,000 including expenses.

Application

Please submit a proposal by Friday 10th April 2015 of no more than 4 sides A4 outlining relevant experience and how you would deliver the project. This should be supported by a quotation and CV.

For more information please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk