College to support skills training for Glasgow Museums

Scotland’s flagship college is to play a key role in supporting Glasgow’s museums sector to enhance staff development and provide wider access to employment opportunities.  

Together with The Hunterian and Glasgow Museums, City of Glasgow College will develop new SCQF-rated courses. The college will initiate and chair a Scottish Qualifications Design team while Glasgow Museums will deliver an Employability Programme at the Burrell Collection.

The Hunterian, at the University of Glasgow, and Glasgow Museums have each been awarded grants from Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) Vocational Pathways Fund. The fund will address the need for good quality, affordable vocational training in Scotland’s museums, opening up new routes of entry and more diverse career paths within the sector.  

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“I am delighted that City of Glasgow College has been selected to support the inspiring staff development work that the Museums and Galleries sector in Scotland is undertaking. The importance of the sector in the country's economy cannot be understated. Our innovative role, developing a range of early and mid-career level courses, will help address existing skills gaps and ensure a thriving museums sector in years to come.”

Steph Scholten, Director of The Hunterian, said:

“Learning is at the heart of what we do at the University of Glasgow and The Hunterian. It is an exciting prospect to contribute to the development of the current and future workforce in the Scottish museum sector.”

Duncan Dornan, Head of Museums and Collections at Glasgow Life, said:

“This support will help us achieve our ambition of having a museums’ service which more accurately reflects the communities we serve. There are many ways in which people join our team and it’s crucial that we open that up to as many people as possible, increasing social mobility and opportunity for all.”

The Academy for Cultural Heritage Skills will provide a framework of accredited professional skills and learning sets, from entry to executive level, supporting the Scottish museums and heritage workforce to develop their careers and to bring resilience, entrepreneurship and leadership to their organisations and the sector.