Harri Macquire, Cultural Ambition Trainee

Creative & Cultural Skills runs the Cultural Ambition Programme, which aims to support young people to gain experience and skills in the cultural heritage sector across Wales. Harrison Macquire was the winner of the Cultural Ambition Special Recognition Award in the 2019 Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.
"I love getting to use my creative skills"

What's your role?

I am the Creative & Cultural Skills Cultural Ambition Trainee for Swansea and Carmarthenshire and I work in the National Waterfront Museum Swansea.

Why did you decide to apply for the Cultural Ambition Programme?

I was working in the museum at the time. I thought that it would allow me to combine my two major areas of interest: creativity and history/mythology.

Tell me a bit about your day to day work.

It’s a comprehensive course that has allowed me to experience many different areas of the cultural sector.

Honestly every day is different. You could be working front-of-house on one day then planning an Easter sheep trail on another. It’s a comprehensive course that has allowed me to experience many different areas of the cultural sector.

What do you most enjoy about the work you do?

I love helping people and working in a team! I’ve loved working with the front-of-house team in the Waterfront Museum and they have taught me so many important  skills.

I also love getting to use my creative skills and make something such as a trail or a poster.

How did it feel to win the Cultural Ambition Special Recognition award?

It was shocking. I was sure that one of the other trainees would win, after all people like Danielle Edmunds were also nominated - she’s worked really hard, has done incredible things and also deserved to be recognized. I’m very humbled by the award but I think we also need to acknowledge that many other people worked especially hard as well.

What are your plans for the future?

Oh if only I knew! I think I will keep working in the near future, ideally in the creative or cultural sectors where I can use my creative skills. I also want to help people, so something that lets me make the world a better place would be cool.

Maybe I’ll go to university, but right now I’m seeing what happens!

What advice would you give to others considering applying for the programme?

If you like history, or just working with people, absolutely go for it. Remember that just because you haven’t gone to university yet or are struggling with job hunting, that doesn’t mean you are unimportant or incapable. You can do it, as long as you put the work in.

Remember to talk to your co-workers and people around you if you have any issues. And good luck! I’m sure you’ll smash it!

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