A week of awards and conferences

Hi all, it’s Lib (I look after the Trainees and occasionally turn my hand to blogging)

As our fantastic four have been up in Edinburgh for the Museums Association Moving On Up conference this week, I thought I’d talk about the Creative & Cultural Skills national awards and conference that took place in Thurrock.

CCSkills are a national, campaigning organisation who promote access to creative careers and their awards aim to recognise excellence across different industries. The ceremony was held on Wednesday 1 March and The Training Museum team were shortlisted in the Cultural Heritage category. Myself and Emma (Collections and Learning Curator) had a fantastic evening, during which we were treated to incredible performances by Stopgap Dance Company and Pandemonium Drummers, as well as a display of pyrotechnics from Backstage Centre students.

Sadly we didn’t win (the well-deserved winner was Samantha Jackman from Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery), but being runners up was a real honor.

The following day, Emma and I were awake bright and early, ready for the conference. The morning was jam-packed with speakers, ranging from current and former apprentices to the Director General of the BBC. We were delivering a breakout workshop in the afternoon on diverse recruitment, getting participants to think about the sorts of skills cultural professionals need and different ways you might assess for them.

We talked about the video interviews and group activities our Trainees had experienced, and shared their thoughts on what it was really like. Alternative recruitment methods can enable more potential candidates to shine and we hope other organisations might consider giving them a try.

Enough from me. I’ll let Mark and the team tell you all about Moving On Up when they return next week.



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