How to become a museum assistant
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could get into this work through a cultural learning and participation officer or museums technician advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
It's important that you get as much work experience as possible. It will help you get a better understanding of the role, and make contacts who may help you to find paid work.
You do not need any particular qualifications to become a museum assistant, although you'll usually need a good general standard of education, especially in English and maths.
There is a lot of competition for jobs and you may find some museums and galleries ask for a certain level of qualification, like A levels or equivalent.
You'll be in a stronger position when looking for work if you have:
- experience in customer care
- an interest in museums and their services
- volunteering experience in a museum, gallery or heritage attraction