The Skills for the Future Team

Skills Programme Update

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Since our last blog we have all been extremely busy working on various aspects of the traineeship. As soon as we started back after holidays the education trainees continued their work with the communications and publicity department. We were asked to produce 3 teaser trailers to publicise the upcoming Doors Open Day events on Saturday 22nd of September. Mira was asked to focus on Scotland’s Lost Industries, Julia was given the task of Industrial Scotland and I selected Industrial Edinburgh. For these videos we scoured Canmore to select the images…read more


Showcase Event at Stirling Castle

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On the 18th of July we ran our Skills for the Future Showcase event at Stirling Castle.  This event was designed to highlight the work we have undertaken since the start of our traineeship earlier this year.  Attended by around 40 professionals from the heritage and education sector, it provided us with the unique opportunity to network and talk about our experiences over the last few months.  The event also received great coverage in the form of being featured in the BBC Reporting Scotland news bulletin that evening.    …read more


In the spotlight… Education trainees

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For the first five weeks of our programme we have been working with the Scran team producing online education resources on a variety of topics. This required us to research subject matter such as Napoleon Bonaparte, the Solar System and the Great Fire of Edinburgh in 1824. These packs, plus many others, are now available online for your viewing pleasure! Another part of work with the Scran team was to produce podcasts. The skills gained here will be transferable in other parts of our work programme, such as oral history…read more


In the spotlight… Collections trainees

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Our first months have seen us introduced to a variety of ongoing collections projects. We began with archaeology material, which allowed us to familiarise ourselves with the Oracle database system. It also gave us the opportunity to learn about the ideal standards for re-housing and preventative conservation. A real highlight so far for all of us has been working in the Print Rooms. Not only did this give us the chance to work together and get to know each other’s strengths and interests, but also to explore flagship RCAHMS collections. In…read more


New Skills for the Future Trainees

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We are the next round of Skills for the Future trainees to pass through RCAHMS doors. Over the next year the seven of us will complete a year-long work placement, mainly based within RCAHMS, but also working with Historic Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland and several local authorities. There were over 300 applicants for these coveted posts, which will concentrate on cataloguing, digitising and communicating the collections held by RCAHMS, and provide the trainees with valuable skills to enable us to gain employment in the heritage sector in the future….read more