Work-based learning programmes

Undertaking a work-based learning programme or an Apprenticeship is the perfect way to develop your skills and expertise, gain first-hand experience on the job and learn from industry professionals.

Our suite of work-based learning programmes is designed around the skills and knowledge required for the specialist roles within the cultural heritage industry. These fall into four main categories:

  • V&A and Icon Conservation & Collections Care Technicians Diploma
  • Diploma in Cultural Heritage
  • Diploma in Libraries, Archives & Information Services
  • Apprenticeships

For more information about these learning programmes please contact:
Suzanne Goode
Learning and Development Manager V&A
Tel: +44 (0) 207 942 2019
Email: training.enquiries@vam.ac.uk

Conservation & Collections Care Technicians Diploma

Conservation & Collections Care Technicians Diploma

The role of a technician working within the cultural, heritage and creative industries is enormously varied. Specialist knowledge of objects is required in order to move, install, pack and transport them safely and effectively. This work-based diploma covers the wide range of skills and knowledge required to work as a technician with museum collections, historic artefacts and works of art.

Diploma in Cultural Heritage

Diploma in Cultural Heritage

The Diploma in Cultural Heritage offers a wide range of optional units allowing learners to build a portfolio of work around a variety of roles. These include:

  • Collections Management
  • Learning and Interpretation
  • Marketing and Fundraising
  • Visitor Experience

The Level 3 Diploma is a one-year work-based programme which costs £3,500 and includes one-to-one support and assessment. Applicants must have internet access in order to develop an e-Portfolio of work. Please note that funding or bursaries are not available directly from the V&A.

Applicants must already be working in a relevant cultural heritage role, and have full support from their line managers, before enrolling on this programme.

Diploma in Libraries, Archives & Information Services

Diploma in Libraries, Archives & Information Services

The Level 3 Diploma in Libraries, Archives & Information Services focuses on the specialist skills required for working in a library, archive or information services environment. Learners will also have the option to study a variety of topics in more depth, for example:

  • Local studies
  • Family history
  • Palaeography
  • Engaging with the wider community

The Level 3 Diploma is a one-year work-based programme which costs £3,500 and includes one-to-one support and assessment. Applicants must have internet access in order to develop an e-Portfolio of work. Please note funding or bursaries are not available directly from the V&A.

Applicants must already be working in a relevant libraries or archives role, and have full support from their line managers, before enrolling on this programme.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

The V&A has a well-established Apprenticeship Programme, supporting Apprentices across the cultural heritage sector.

Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an Apprentice. General information about the scheme can be found on the Government's website.

Apprenticeship vacancies at the V&A are advertised on our jobs page.

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