Adult work placement at the Egypt Centre
A work placement at the Egypt Centre is designed for any adult who is interested in a career in the heritage industry, or is looking to gain some practical customer and public facing skills. There are also opportunities for trainee teachers looking for some teaching experience or experience working with children. All placements here experience the practical day to day running of a museum.
Most placements become a "Gallery Assistant" and work front of house at the Museum. Gallery Assistants supervise the Museum's two galleries and are trained to interact and talk to visitors about our collection and Ancient Egypt. All placements are expected to learn some of our activities to deliver to the public and will receive training to do so. You will learn some practical preventative conservation and when there are school parties, you will assist and support the volunteers in their roles.
If you are here for over a month, you may also be assessed to lead educational activities to school parties as well. You will also be expected, for some of your placement, to learn how to open and close the museum and set up the galleries ready for visitors each day.
Trainee teachers need to commit to an equivalent of 60 hours before they are allowed to teach (this is the time it will take to train you!), however there are opportunities to lead museum educational activities, develop and implement your own education activities and learn how to deliver practical key skills within the national Welsh curriculum while you are with us.
When can I do my Placement, and how long are they?
Placements run all year round and can last anywhere from 1 week to a year. The minimum commitment to be accepted on our work placement scheme is an equivalent of 5 full working days.
Most placements run during the week Tuesday - Saturday 9.30am - 4pm. All work placements are accepted on the understanding that you can complete the full week, including the Saturday. You can split your placement up as well - for example do 1 day a week over a year, as long as you commit to some Saturdays! If you want to split your time up, you need to contact the Volunteer Manager to discuss your individual requirements. For working week placements, just put your required dates on your application form.
Yes. All adult work placements need to have 2 satisfactory references and a fully enhanced CRB check. This is because we work extensively with vulnerable groups. You can not start your work placement until we have received all of these, so if you are applying, please make sure you leave enough time for all this to process. A CRB can take up to 2 months!
We specialise in working with people of differing abilities, so if you have any specific questions or concerns, please talk to Syd Howells the Volunteer Manager.
How do I take Part?
Simply fill in the application form and post it to the Volunteer Manager. You will also need to apply for a CRB, guidance is given when you apply. The Volunteer Manager will process your references, and your application form, and get in contact with you to confirm your placement when s/he has received these.
International work Placements
The Egypt Centre welcomes international work placements, and works with many international agencies to place as many students as possible. You will need at least basic English skills as you will be required to interact with visitors and learn to deliver activities.
If you are interested in a work placement, but are from outside Britain, the application process is the same. However, your Criminal Records Bureau check must be from your own country of origin. Please leave lots of time for references and CRB equivalency to be received, and if necessary translated.
If you would like to receive more information on volunteering at the Museum, please contact: