How to become an assistant learning officer: Amy's story

Meet Amy, 24, who works as an assistant learning officer at the Great North Museum: Hancock, a museum of natural history and ancient civilisations in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

"I'm so happy that I decided to stick to a career in something that I really enjoy. Now I work in this amazing place and I honestly couldn't be happier."

  • Amy runs events and activities for Early Years (0 to 5 year olds) at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle. She is responsible for organising, preparing and delivering activities

  • She studied Ancient History at Newcastle University and did some work experience with the museum, which inspired her to study for a master's in Museum Studies. She combined her part-time studies with volunteering at the museum and when an assistant learning officer job came up, she had plenty of experience to talk about at interview

  • She always enjoyed visiting museums as a young girl and now she has fun in the museum every day, working with children and plenty of paper, paints, books and bubbles.

A similar role to Amy's is a community arts worker. They help local communities plan and take part in activities like drama, dance, painting and photography.

What to expect if you want to become a community arts worker

  • Community arts worker salary: £16,000 to £28,000 per year
  • Community arts worker working hours: 37 to 39 hours per week. You could work evenings, weekends and bank holidays

What qualifications do you need to be a community arts worker?

  • Typical entry requirements: You can get this job through a university course, a college course, an apprenticeship, or volunteering. For example, you could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject such as Community Arts or Community Education. You'll usually need to be qualified and experienced in a particular art form, for instance visual arts, dance, drama, music or creative writing. Alternatively, you could take a college course such as a Level 2 Certificate in Community Arts Administration or a Level 3 Certificate in Community Development. You may be able to do a cultural learning and participation officer advanced apprenticeship, or an apprenticeship in community arts. You'll usually need five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and Maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
    It's important to get relevant experience by volunteering. This can often lead into paid work. You can find out about local community arts projects from the arts officer at your local council, or by checking:

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Find out on the Prospects website what it takes to be a museum education officer.

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