Cultural Ambition Project – Case Study: Harri Macquire

After completing his GCSEs, 20-year-old Harri worked with Organised Kaos Youth Circus and volunteered at Ponterdawe Arts Centre and the National Waterfront Museum, where he was also based as part of his traineeship. He also completed placements at the Parc Howard Museum in Llanelli and the Glynn Vivan Art Gallery & Museum in Swansea.

When applying to the Cultural Ambition Project, Harri was looking for a way to use his technical skills and creative abilities whilst experiencing different parts of the heritage sector. Harri enjoyed the variety in his placements, each of which has offered him new and interesting tasks and allowed him both to develop his skills and to fulfil the requirements of the qualification. There was no typical day for Harri; tasks ranged from hoovering ladybirds to helping to design sheep trails, and from setting up children’s activities to wearing a Santa Claus outfit for public events.

Harri felt his confidence grow substantially throughout his placements, and he felt much more positive about his prospects by the end of the traineeship. He enjoyed the opportunity to make contacts with and to learn from professionals within the sector and felt he had started to develop a network that would help him in his future career.

Harri described the traineeship as “the perfect experience for someone considering a career in culture and heritage”. He encouraged other young people to make the most of a traineeship to make contacts and to gain insights into the sector.

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