V&A and Kensington and Chelsea College go into partnership

Training Partnership with V&A

The V&A and Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) are working together to deliver training and apprenticeships to people working in the cultural and arts sector and wider business community. The training partnership between the V&A Cultural Heritage Assessment Centre and Kensington and Chelsea College will take the form of NVQs and Creative Apprenticeships.

Tom Bewick, Chief Executive, Creative & Cultural Skills said:

We’re delighted that the Victoria & Albert Museum, one of the most prestigious museums in the world, has come on board and is offering Creative Apprenticeships in partnership with education providers in London. The Creative Apprenticeship offers an opportunity for those wanting to work in the creative and cultural industries a chance to break through and gain real hands-on experience. Creative Apprenticeships are a fantastic new programme to help creative employers train their staff exactly to their needs. I encourage other museums and creative employers, whether big or small, and community arts organisations to take up the offer and sign up to the Creative Apprenticeship programme.

The Launch of this fantastic new training program will be at the V&A on 23rd October 2008.

The V&A established its NVQ Assessment Centre in 2005 to deliver and assess Cultural Heritage and Business awards.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Curatorial and Management of Collections Level 3 & 4
  • Curatorial G3 unit towards AMA qualification
  • Technical and Care of Collections Level 2, 3 & 4
  • Front of House and Visitor Care Level 2 & 3
  • Leading Teams Level 2 & 3
  • Management Level 3, 4 & 5
  • Administration Level 2, 3 & 4
  • Learning and Development Level 3 & 4
  • A1 Assessor
  • Retail Skills Level 2, 3 & 4
  • Coaching award
  • Mentoring award
  • Archaeological Practice Level 3 & 4

The V&A has worked closely with EDI Education Development International to develop V&A awards:

  • The Assistant Curator Development Programme NVQ Level 3 & 4.
  • The Technicians Award NVQ Level 3 & 4 developed by V&A technicians

In 2008 all awards will be available to be assessed on-line from the V&A Centre.

The AMA Associate of the Museums Association membership requires professionals in museums and galleries to gain the G3 Unit of the Curatorial and Management of Collections NVQ Level 4. The V&A provides this unit for people in organisations throughout the UK.

QCA Qualifications Curriculum Authority has taken these awards as the first employer led qualifications for their list of national qualifications.

From 2005, the V&A has led the 3 year Capacity Building for Black and Minority Ethnic Arts Organisations funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This involved developing and delivering cultural heritage training to these organisations and building sustainable partnerships through leadership events.

TRAIN to GAIN through Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) will give access to everyone in the wider arts and business community to gain V&A national qualifications and business awards.

Kensington and Chelsea College is registered to provide and fund the new Creative Apprenticeship, developed by Creative & Cultural Skills, the sector skills council for the creative and cultural industries. The V&A are recruiting 6 Creative Apprentices working on a 2 year programme. This partnership will provide support for other arts organisations who recruit Creative Apprentices and link up with other organisations

Creative & Cultural Skills is the sector skills council for the creative and cultural industries. Its remit covers the areas of advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, and performing, literary and visual arts. Licensed by government in July 2005, Creative & Cultural Skills is one of 25 sector skills councils, known collectively as the Skills for Business Network, to oversee the strategic development of the workforce in the creative and cultural industries and deliver realistic solutions to skills needs. For more information on the Creative Apprenticeship visit

Contact : Veronika Harris Head of Training and Development – V&A