Cultural Co-operation has developed an innovate skills training programme, Strengthening Our Common Life (SOCL), which offers 14 paid placements in top heritage organisations in London, Bristol, Portsmouth, Manchester and Newcastle. The 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.
On 1st May 2013, the Museums Association launched its Workforce Action Plan: "Working Wonders". This includes a section on diversity (pp 15-18) and includes an honourable mention of SOCL on page 16 (column 4). Cultural Co-operation firmly believes in increasing workforce diversity across the heritage sector and to learn more, you can read CEO Prakash Daswani's article for the Museums Association by clicking on the image below.
SOCL aims to make Britain's abundant heritage assets more accessible and meaningful to the UK's increasingly cosmopolitan population by offering high quality skills training in heritage management to young people from sections of the community currently under-represented in the heritage sector.
Applications are therefore particularly welcome from 18-25 year olds in Britain's Black, Asian and minority ethnic and faith communities.
Prakash Daswani, Cultural Co-operation's founder and Chief Executive, explains: "This is a unique opportunity for young people to enter into the heart of Britain's mainstream culture: learning about our national heritage, re-interpreting it and making decisions about it for the benefit of all.
Trainees will be immersed in different aspects of heritage, including exploring the many overlooked cultural connections between Britain and the rest of the world. They will receive regular expert training to acquire the professional skills necessary to care for and manage our common heritage - and open it up to existing and new audiences, now and for the future."