I am a qualified Assessor for the Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage as well as other work-based learning Diploma and Apprenticeship programmes in museums.
Most recently, I worked as an assessor on the SOCL, work-based learning traineeship programme at Culture&. The aim of the SOCL programme was to increase workforce diversity across the heritage sector by providing work-based training for young people from sections of the population historically under-represented. Their remit was to diversify the decision-making levels in the UK heritage sector by providing paid training placements within a broad range of institutions.
I was responsible for teaching, mentoring and assessing 17 trainees in museums and heritage sites across London and the South East. I used the online portfolio system OneFile to assess trainees work remotely in addition to conducting observation visits and interviews at their place of work.
Follow this link to find out more information about the trainees from the SOCL 2017/18 cohort.
Each week one of the SOCL trainees presented a segment on the Heritage at a World show for Resonance FM. They discussed forgotten histories, contemporary art and community engagement. The shows provided a unique insight into the work of SOCL trainees and their diversity-led approach to arts and heritage.
Below are links to some of the trainee’s radio shows:
In Search of Hidden Histories
Freya Monk-McGowan, trainee at Norfolk Museum Service
Community Spirit with The British Library
Amber Perrier, trainee at the British Library
Then and Now: Connecting 1917 to the Present
Samuel Ali, trainee at the Museum of Croydon
Herbert Toms, Original Hipster of Brighton
Henrik Yau, Brighton and Hove Museums
Header image: SOCL trainees from Culture& at a visit to the Hepworth Wakefield, 2017