The Science & Heritage Career Ladder (SHCL) is a summer traineeship programme for young people living or studying in Birmingham to develop new skills in science and heritage communication. Our programme has now been running for over ten years and began as the Summer traineeship at Thinktank Science Museum. Since 2018, the traineeship has grown to include Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Heritage Sites around Birmingham, providing even more opportunities each year.
Taking inspiration and guidance from a well-established programme at the New York Hall of Science, Thinktank was the first museum in the UK to start its own Career Ladder. Each summer since 2008, Thinktank has recruited local 16- and 17-year olds to take part in a Training programme, the Thinktank Traineeship. So far, 69 young people have taken part and currently 68% of the Museum Enabler team at Thinktank are individuals who have taken part in the Summer Traineeship.
The Career Ladder is designed to provide summer paid employment for 16-17 year olds in the areas surrounding our museum sites and raise awareness of STEM and heritage-based careers.
Applications for the 2019 Career Ladder Traineeship are now closed – please return and check this page in May 2020 for future opportunities.
Career Ladder ten year celebration video:
Hear from some of out past trainees in the 2017 traineeship video: