Skills development

RAMM is keen to support learning and skills development in people of all ages. The museum currently runs a range of programmes specifically aimed at those wanting to develop employment skills and/or get involved in work-based learning opportunities.

Future Skills Programme

The Future Skills Programme has been designed to allow individuals of any age (18+), to gain work experience within the museum and cultural sector. The programme is led through monthly face to face sessions, alongside self-led online modules. The programme can be completed as part of a student placement, but can also be completed by itself and is open to anyone who is interested in developing their employability skillset.

The program is a great addition to your CV, provides opportunities to meet likeminded people and gives you the opportunity to explore various roles within the museum sector. The scheme will provide participants with meaningful experiences working on research, exhibitions, community engagement, marketing and events.  

This is the perfect route for anyone who needs flexibility around their day-to-day life as you can choose to stay for an academic term or if you are able to, stay for the entire year. At the end of the scheme, you will be awarded the Future Skills Award which will detail everything you have worked on during your programme.

Applications are currently closed.

Work experience

To support young people at the beginning of their career journey, RAMM operates an annual work experience programme for 15-17 year old students. This intensive week long work experience offers students the opportunity to get involved in various aspects of the museum day-to-day operations, from having a tour of the museum when it is closed to the general public, to exploring RAMM’s collections with our curators. The experiences provides students with an overview of the various roles and opportunities available within a museum and allows them to understand how a museum operates.

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

Youth Panel

RAMM’s Youth Panel is a group of young people with a passion for museums. They are instrumental in developing many areas of the museums work, especially when it comes to helping us make the museum more appealing to younger audiences. Meet the current RAMM Youth Panel.

Our current Youth Panel have planned and delivered exhibitions, youth focused events and developed a series of social media campaigns.

Young people offer a range of fresh perspectives and new ideas. This youth voice is integral to shaping the direction and programming of the museum.

Being part of the Youth Panel offers an unrivalled opportunity to gain work experience in the cultural sector. Our panel members develop a number of employability skills including event management, exhibition planning and social media marketing.

Our 2023-24 Youth Panel has now been selected. We will be recruiting for our next cohort in September 2024.

Our Youth Panel cohorts between 2019-22 were generously funded by the ArtFund.

The Youth Panel’s 2023-4 programme is supported through ARTIST ROOMS, a national partnership programme with Tate and National Galleries of Scotland, with the support of Art Fund and Henry Moore Foundation, and the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.

Student work placements

RAMM offers a range of student work placements to university and college students who are 18+ years of age. Work placements are an excellent way to explore career options within the museum sector, demonstrate initiative and gain practical experience.  Placements are agreed for a fixed period and require a commitment of time from the applicant usually during office hours Monday to Friday, with occasional agreed weekends/evenings.

University student placements are only offered to those as a required part of a module on an undergraduate/postgraduate degree course.

College student placements are offered on the basis that you are 18+ years of age and have a genuine interest in studying a museums, art or heritage related course at university.

We currently do not have any fixed work placements available. However, we do recommend students creating their own flexible work patterns from our current volunteer opportunities.

How to apply

If you are considering applying for a flexible student work placement then please initially look at our current volunteer opportunities to identify a suitable role and then email [email protected] to discuss your choice.

Industry Placements

RAMM works with schools and colleges to offer young people the opportunity to learn new employability skills. In partnership with Exeter College, RAMM is a placement provider for a program called T-Levels which launched nationwide in 2020. The aim of the placements (one day a week over a thirty week period) is to provide 16-19 year olds taking a technical course, with real-life work experience to develop their knowledge and skills within their chosen industry. Please contact your course provider if you are interested in completing an industry placement at RAMM.

Access to Internships (A21): Student Widening Participation Internships

RAMM also works in partnership with the University of Exeter to provide students who meet their Widening Participation Criteria (for example being a care leaver, having refugee status, a disability or Black, Asian and minority ethnic students who attended a State School/College in a ‘Low Participation Neighbourhood’) with secure paid internships. The internships are funded by the University of Exeter and are usually four weeks or 140 hours in duration. Please contact the University’s Employability Team or RAMM’s Skills Development Officer for further information on how to apply.

Supported Internships

RAMM offers supported internships for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, to allow them the opportunity to explore meaningful work experience in the cultural sector. Previously, RAMM has worked with Exeter College and Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education to offer internships which contributed to the students ‘NCFE Certificate In Employability Skills Level 1’ course. This course aims to help young people with learning difficulties and disabilities achieve paid employment by allowing them to develop skills and experience through workplace learning. Please contact your course provider or RAMM’s Skills Development Officer for further information on how to apply.

If you are interested in finding our more information or applying to any of the schemes mentioned above, please contact RAMM’s Skills Development Officer, Nikita Brown

E: [email protected]