Cultural Co-operation has developed an innovative skills training programme – Strengthening Our Common Life (SOCL) – which offers paid placements in top heritage organisations throughout the UK. ALA is delivering action learning sets to support 14 trainees and supervisors from host organisations. Now in its second round of year long placements the SOCL project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future initiative and aims to increase workforce diversity across the sector.
Evaluation of the first SOCL programme highlighted the innovative use of action learning sets for both trainees and supervisors. In year one the sets for trainees were facilitated by Surya Turner who has considerable experience of working with BME groups and she continues in year two a project lead and facilitator for the trainees.
In year one Katie Venner facilitated the supervisor sets with Pauline Gladstone running sets in year two. The 14 trainees receive bursary-supported, nationally accredited cultural heritage skills training from their host organisations as they work towards gaining a QCF Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage.