Journal Article

  • Natural Talent Traineeships: using museum collections to bridge the skills gap
    Horsley, C., McFarlane, J.
    NatSCA Notes & Comments, Issue 10, pages 1 - 2

    The Natural Talent traineeship scheme, run by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), aims to address skills shortages in taxonomy and specialist habitat management within the conservation sector. The scheme is currently funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and previously the Heritage Lottery Fund. There are 60 trainees to date, many of them placed with museums across the UK where they receive expert mentoring, guidance and access to museum collections to develop their skills. Over 90% of trainees are employed in the sector, and over 30,000 individuals have engaged with the trainees through outreach and training delivered as part of the scheme.

    Keywords: museum collections; Natural Talent; public outreach; taxonomic skills shortage; TCV; training