GYG traineeship opportunity

The GoMA Youth Group (GYG) is a Creative Scotland funded programme. It was established in 2019 to give local young people the opportunity to develop creative skills by working with professional artists in a popular and iconic space in the heart of Glasgow, the Gallery of Modern Art. The group is formed each year by a different cohort of 10-15 young people, aged 16-25, who work with staff at Glasgow Museums to deliver a youth-centred programme of events. They meet weekly and decide for themselves what they want to do together, how they want to develop their creative skills and how to spend a fixed budget.

As well as changing how museums and heritage organisations engage with and represent young people, this youth-led project aims to open up new routes for careers within the sector. Responding to COVID-19, in 2020-2021 the GoMA Youth Group has been hosted entirely online and it will continue to be so for the time being.

 This paid traineeship is offered to support a young person aged 16-25 interested in a career in arts and culture to gain critical early-stage experience in the world-class environment of GoMA, managed by Glasgow Life.

We are looking for someone to assist with the development and delivery of this exciting programme, either online or, when safe to do so, in the venue. The trainee will work for a total of 7 hours per week, alongside our team of Learning Assistants and a Learning and Access Curator, to plan the weekly sessions as well as other events, such as workshops, online exhibitions, or anything else the group will decide to organise in collaboration with GoMA.

As well as hands-on experience of co-ordinating the youth group, the trainee will benefit from a rich Learning Programme of assignments and mentoring. Working under the supervision of a Learning and Access Curator, the trainee will learn how to manage a project according to Glasgow Museums’ standards, engage with visitors and become an advocate for the project. They will also assist with practical duties for the events programme (in-venue or online).

In the spirit of co-production that characterises the GoMA Youth Group programme, we will work with the trainee on a bespoke plan to help them work towards their specific training goals. We will encourage the trainee to carry out a self-assessment of their skills and interests and support them to identify their objectives and set goals to implement the plan. The successful candidate will also gain Levels 3 and 4 of the Glasgow Kelvin College Community Achievement Awards. More information on these awards can be found here:

Application and Informal enquiries

Applications and informal enquiries about this post can be made to Angela Massafra (Learning and Access Curator, Gallery of Modern Art).


Apply for this role by submitting:

1. A copy of your CV

2. A response, either in writing (500 words) or by video (no longer than 2 minutes), to the following question:

Why do you want to work with the GoMA Youth Group?

Please refer to the criteria in the person specification below when making your application (link to download the full document with person specification after the preview below). Closing date on Sunday 15th August.

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