Get paid to train at one of London’s most prestigious cultural heritage organisations and receive a Level 3 Diploma

The role

“Heritage; what we value, want to share and pass on”

New Museum School is a year-long talent development programme that gives eighteen people paid traineeships at a leading cultural organisation in London. An alternative route an arts and heritage career, New Museum School aims to work with people who may not necessarily have paid experience, but who can show a real passion and interest in the arts, heritage and culture. Whether through volunteering, self-initiated projects, great research, or demonstration of transferable skills, we're looking for people who can show their motivation, enthusiasm and commitment to developing a career in the arts and heritage sectors.

This is ideal for anyone wanting to start a career in digital, marketing, learning and outreach, curating or collection care. Trainees will develop imaginative new ways for audiences to experience and connect with our heritage and culture. Take a look at the traineeships below for more info

Participants receive:

  • 12-month traineeship at a leading cultural organisation
  • Work-based Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage
  • Week of induction training with cohort, exploring London's arts and heritage sectors
  • Monthly professional development days including venue visits, peer learning, networking and guest training
  • ‘Create Audiences’ audience development course delivered by creative industry partners
  • Digital broadcast course with BBC producer to develop a podcast series
  • Tax-free bursary of £16,594 (equivalent to full-time London Living Wage £19,201)

Person specification

  • No previous paid experience is necessary, however it’s important that applicants are able to demonstrate an interest in the arts and heritage sector through volunteering, self-initiated projects, great research, or demonstration of transferable skills. We want people who can show their motivation, enthusiasm and commitment to developing a career in the arts and heritage sectors
  • We are always keen to receive applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the creative and cultural sectors. This includes people from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background; D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people; those from the LGBTQ+ community, and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
  • We are much more interested in your potential than we are in your academic qualifications, and therefore do not require a minimum formal qualification for these traineeships. We would steer postgraduates away from applying - this is a Level 3 qualification and as a postgraduate degree is Level 6 or above, it is not likely to be the most appropriate experience for you.

The organisations and their roles

Below, you can find a list of all the organisations involved in New Museum School, and the traineeships each is offering. If there's one that you're interesting in applying for, please scroll down to the 'How to Apply' section to find out how to get started.
National Trust

Magnum Photos

Royal Collection Trust
Keats House
Museum of London

Southbank Centre

London Metropolitan Archives

Museum of London

Bletchley Park Trust

English Heritage

Pitzhanger Manor

William Morris Gallery

Art UK

How to apply

To apply please complete the application form:

Apply here

Need help with your application?

We run informal sessions where you can come to our offices in east London, learn a bit more about the programme and seek some help and support with your application.

Register for one of the sessions via Eventbrite below:

Info session #1, Thu 20 June

Info session #2, Weds 26 June

Info session #3, Tues 16 July

Hear from last year's New Museum School Trainees

If you have any access requirements for the selection process, please let us know. There is a space on the application form to let us know about these, or you can contact us directly - please email or call createjobs@anewdirection.org.uk or call 020 7608 2132

Important information and dates

  • Group selection day on either 29 or 31 July 2019. The day will include a short introduction to the programme, and a hands-on collaborative group task, and a chance to meet host partners.
  • Interview stage August 2019 at host partner organisations.
  • Traineeships begin October 2019

New Museum School is a collaboration between Create Jobs and Culture& and aims to open up the UK arts and heritage workforce to more diverse talent, offering high-quality training at some of London’s leading organisations.  

Supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Skills for the Future programme.