Exeter Plymouth partnership wins award
18 March 2017
The early career development co-ordinator for the RAMM and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery partnership, Sam Jackman, has won the Creative and Cultural Skills Museum and Heritage Award 2017. Judged by leading employers in the creative and cultural industries, the awards give recognition to outstanding contributions.
The winning project
Focusing on the Arts and Culture sector as a key economic driver, Sam Jackman has promoted careers in the sector. A highlight is a new partnership with the Prince’s Trust working directly with young unemployed people. The project actively recruited young people with barriers to employment. These included social anxiety, autistic spectrum disorders, physical disabilities and mental health issues. By supporting personal development and carefully matching individuals to work placement opportunities, Sam was able to encourage strong applications. 11 out of the initial group of 16 young people have secured work or further training in the cultural sector. A 3-minute film summarises the project.
Training for emergent professionals
The partnership also includes training for emergent professionals and undergraduates, including 10 minute Gateway seminars which are available online: Pricing the Arts, Digital Gateways, Finding an Audience, Fundraising Gateways and Project Management.
Reach South West
The Exeter Plymouth partnership is called Reach South West. Reach South West is one of 21 Major Partner Museum Services nationwide funded by Arts Council England to support excellence and resilience within regional museums. Early career development – exploring how to create a ladder of opportunity for those at the start of their career and for emerging cultural professionals – is part of the Arts Council England funded Major Partner Museum partnership.