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Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership - Traineeships x 5

Job typeplacement
LocationSouth East
Contact personHuman Resources, National Maritime Museum
Closing date14 November 2014


Applications are invited for one of five traineeships on the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership (SHTP) project, managed by National Historic Ships UK.  The placements will be based at five different locations throughout the UK, delivering skills in maintaining, operating and interpreting historic vessels.  The traineeships are being offered as part of 'Skills for the Future', a national programme to create new opportunities in work-based training for the heritage sector funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Successful applicants will be placed with one of the partner organisations based in Anstruther, Brixham, Essex, Lowestoft and the River Hamble for the main summer sailing season and for part of the winter refit programme where there will be a chance to develop practical skills (including vessel handling using the vessels owned by the partners) by working with experienced crew or museum staff.  The traineeships include four weeks studying conservation and interpretation principles at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Fife and a period of practical study at the International Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft, Suffolk.  There will also be the opportunity to visit other historic vessels and museums to gain experience of different organisations and types of traditional rig on a rotation basis.

By the end of the year, trainees will have built up a record of operational, maintenance, conservation and interpretation skills set out in the form of a training passport of skills which can be shown to prospective employers as well as being a personal record reflecting what each trainee has achieved.

Although the five traineeships all cover the essential skills needed for a career in the historic ships industry, each placement offers a slightly different experience depending on the main purpose of the host organisation and its vessels – see job description for more detail. 


Applicants will need to have achieved GCSE grade C or equivalent, in English and Mathematics, in order to apply. 

No other qualifications or specific experience in sailing are required, but an interest in maritime heritage is desirable and applicants must be able to demonstrate that they: are interested in a long-term career in this sector; can communicate effectively in speaking and writing; work both independently and as part of a team; and have practical aptitude for being on board a vessel at sea.  You'll also need to be willing to engage with a wide range of different audiences.

How to respond

Applications are made via the Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) at the following address:

National Maritime Museum, Human Resources Department, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF or email to

Applications for these traineeships are open to everyone who can meet the conditions set out above, including applications from those without existing sailing qualifications.

Click here for Job description.

Click here for Application Form Word version.

Click here for Application Form PDF version.

Click here for Diversity Monitoring Form.

The closing date for the return of completed application forms is midday, Friday 14th November and interviews will be held on 10th or 11th December 2014, London.

Previous applicants from last year's intake, are welcome to re-apply.

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