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Cultural and heritage venue operations apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the cultural and heritage venue operations sector.

This apprenticeship will suit you if you want to work in museums, galleries, heritage and conservation. It’s all about preserving the past and helping the public share, and enjoy, Britain’s historical sites.

Training opportunities

On the intermediate level apprenticeship you could work as a conservation assistant, where you’ll be:

  • recording objects and making slides, writing a description/drawing it
  • overseeing cleaning, supporting and repairing/restoring objects
  • hosting tours for groups, assisting talks/ presentations to amateur and professional audiences
  • supporting curators, developers, planners and private businesses

Front of house and administration support staff develop skills in:

  • venue knowledge
  • ticket sales
  • exhibition group bookings
  • setting up and maintaining systems, such as finance, staff records and visitor numbers

On the advanced level apprenticeship you could work as an assistant archivist where you’ll be:

  • supporting acquisition of records and documents for preservation
  • assisting with cataloguing and indexing
  • logging requests from the public
  • developing knowledge regarding the use/interpretation of material
  • assisting exhibitions and events
  • researching grant opportunities and assisting with information gathering for application

Or you could work as an assistant curator who works with others to catalogue and promote collections, researching, assisting with storing and cleaning items in a collection, helping organise exhibitions and displays.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of cultural and heritage venue operations apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • conservation assistant
  • exhibition guide/demonstrator
  • front of house support staff
  • front of house or administration support staff
  • visitor services support

Advanced level apprenticeship

You’ll take on more specialised roles like:

  • assistant archivist
  • assistant exhibition organiser
  • museum assistant
  • assistant museum/art gallery curator
  • front of house staff
  • visitor services assistant

You’ll need the intermediate apprenticeship, an alternative level 2 creative or cultural apprenticeship, or a general or vocational qualification related to creative industries, for the advanced level entry.

Apply for a cultural and heritage venue operations apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education