Cultural Ambition Project – Case Study: Keir Griffiths

23-year-old Keir applied to the Cultural Ambition Project as a way of rebooting his career ambitions after a significant period of unemployment. Having previously studied for GCSEs and BTEC Diplomas in Travel & Tourism and Public Services, he saw a traineeship as a positive way to move forward in life.

For his first placement, Keir was based at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), where a typical day might include working with youth groups, helping to organise activities and creating video content, as well as testing software. Moving on to the National Library of Wales, he worked with the facilities management team and uploaded images to the Peoples Collection Wales.

For Keir, the qualification element of the traineeship reflected the kind of tasks he was undertaking, and he was able to provide evidence for his portfolio in a variety of ways.

Keir really enjoyed meeting “some great people doing some interesting things” and gained a better understanding of the workplace. He hoped to secure a job in the sector upon completion of the traineeship. To other young people considering applying to the Cultural Ambition Project, he said “Go for it, you won’t regret it!”.

Kier’s supervisor at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) was Anna, who welcomed the Cultural Ambition Project as a way of supporting young people into the sector, particularly as it dovetailed with the Commission’s youth-led Unloved Heritage project, which seeks to empower young people to engage with their local heritage.

As well as attending the training provided by Creative & Cultural Skills, Anna and colleagues prepared for Keir’s arrival by developing a comprehensive induction programme and meeting him before his official start date to help him feel familiar with both the team and the building.

After familiarising herself with the qualification modules Kier would be following, Anna developed a work plan for him based on the required learning outcomes. As his interests became clear, she then gave him tasks that played to his strengths, allowing him to develop his existing skills.

Hosting a trainee was a positive experience for the team and Kier is now an active member of the Commission’s youth panel. Anna would encourage other heritage organisations and venues to take part in the Cultural Ambition Project and advises working closely with the trainee’s qualification assessor to shape the best possible experience.

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