About Heritage Horizons
Heritage Horizons, made possible with funding support from the ScottishPower Foundation, addressed the challenges of an ageing heritage workforce across the region's heritage sector and built youth employability skills by creating exciting opportunities for young people across Argyll & Bute. This project was developed in partnership between CHARTS and the Argyll and Bute Museums and Heritage Forum and supported by a strategic regional group including the partners and Argyll and Bute Council officers.
Participation from April 2021-May 2022, included 530 direct and 535 indirect beneficiaries. The Project development also included creating a Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeship for Heritage Horizons, with qualification support from Museum and Galleries Scotland, to raise the voices of young people in the heritage sector.
Dedicated project coordinators worked alongside organisations to create individual placements of up to 12 weeks, accredited learning opportunities such as skills-building workshops, community outreach visits to heritage sites and school participation included through the regional Careers Week and the creation of expressive arts Gaelic language resources. Participants were given opportunities and support to discover and learn traditional skills, archaeology, and work with museum collections to create great projects such as music, films and digital heritage trails. The project helped young people to build skills for the future, whilst achieving industry recognised award accreditation. Visit our Celebration of Achievement events page to see examples the work achieved by our young people on placement and see our Blog, Gaelic resources and Placement offers for further information. Please also see a film of interviews with our Heritage Horizons participants created by Kirsten Millar.
Heritage organisations involved, were supported to maximise resources and opportunities for young people. Partners also explored the potential for sustained development beyond the life cycle of the project.
Heritage Horizons placements took place across the following geographic areas:
Isle of Mull