Science and Heritage Career Ladder

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 open - see below for more information and how to apply.

Career Ladder ten year celebration video:

Hear from some of out past trainees in the 2017 traineeship video:

2019 Career Ladder Recruitment

Trainee Enablers

Duration: Wednesday 24th July to 30st August 2019
Hours: 16 days over the summer holiday period approx. 9.15am – 5.10pm
Salary: £4.50 per hour

Are you confident, outgoing and have a passion for arts, heritage or science? Our successful Science and Heritage Career Ladder is now recruiting participants for this year’s programme, welcoming applications for Trainee Enabler roles across Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum and our Heritage Sites including Aston Hall, Soho House, Blakesley Hall, Sarehole Mill and Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

Successful candidates will receive on-the-job training to develop transferable skills. This paid role is public-facing and successful candidates will form part of the Museum Enabler team that engages with visitors on a daily basis in the museum, explaining information about collections and displays, supporting special events and assisting with learning activities.

This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to gain paid work experience over the summer holiday. 

For more information please download the Job Description (PDF).

Closing date: Monday 10th June 2019 at midday.

Interviews are planned to take place on Monday 1st July and Sunday 7th July.

If you would like any additional information or if you would like to chat about the role, please feel free to call Jessica Hoyle on 0121 348 8023, who will be able to discuss the opportunity in more detail.

To Apply

If you are 16 or 17 and live or study in Birmingham and would like to apply, please download an application form and return the completed form to or post to Jessica Hoyle, Thinktank, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG.