Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership

Traineeships available through Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership

Skills for the Future: Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership

Fixed Term Traineeships for 12 Months, starting March 2014 (subject to funding confirmation)
Salary £12,000 per annum

Applications are invited for one of five traineeships on the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership (SHTP) project, managed by National Historic Ships UK.  The placements will be based at five different locations throughout the UK (including Trinity Sailing), delivering skills in maintaining, operating and interpreting historic vessels. The traineeships are being offered by National Historic Ships UK as part of ‘Skills for the Future’, a national programme to create new opportunities in work-based training for the heritage sector funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Five further traineeships will be available from February 2015.

Successful applicants will be placed with one of the partner organisations based in Anstruther, Brixham, Essex, Lowestoft and Hamble for the main summer sailing season and for part of the winter refit programme where there will be a chance to develop practical skills (including vessel handling using the vessels owned by the partners) by working with experienced crew or museum staff. The traineeships include two periods of practical study at the International Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft, Suffolk, and four weeks studying conservation and interpretation principles at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Fife.  There will also be the opportunity to visit other historic vessels and museums to gain experience of different organisations and types of traditional rig on a rotation basis.

By the end of the year, trainees will have built up a  record of operational, maintenance, conservation and interpretation skills set out in the form of a training passport of skills which can be shown to prospective employers as well as being a personal record reflecting what each trainee has achieved.

Although the five traineeships all cover the essential skills needed for a career in the historic ships industry, each placement offers a slightly different experience depending on the main purpose of the host organisation and its vessels – see job description for more detail.

Applicants will need to have achieved GCSE grade C or equivalent, in English and Mathematics, in order to apply. No other qualifications or specific experience in sailing are required, but an interest in maritime heritage is desirable and applicants must be able to demonstrate that they: are interested in a long-term career in this sector; can communicate effectively in speaking and writing; work both independently and as part of a team; and have practical aptitude for being on board a vessel at sea. You’ll also need to be willing to engage with a wide range of different audiences.

Applications are made via the Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) Human Resources Department  RMG is an equal opportunities employer. Applications for these traineeships are open to everyone who can meet the conditions set out above, including applications from those without existing sailing qualifications.

Click here to download  job description (pdf) andapplication form (word doc) or for further information contact Hannah Cunliffe on 0208 312 8558.

The closing date for the return of completed application forms is 31 January 2014 and interviews will be held week commencing 10 February 2014 in St Katharine’s Dock, London.