Photo of Sam JackmanSam Jackman, the early career development coordinator for the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and RAMM partnership (Reach South West), has won the Creative and Cultural Skills Museum and Heritage Award 2017. Judged by leading employers in the creative and cultural industries, the awards give recognition to outstanding contributions.

The winning project

Focusing on the Arts and Culture industry as a key economic driver, Sam has promoted careers in the sector. A highlight is a new partnership with the Prince’s Trust working directly with young unemployed people. The project actively recruited young people with barriers to employment. These included social anxiety, autistic spectrum disorders, physical disabilities and mental health issues. By supporting personal development and carefully matching individuals to work placement opportunities, Sam was able to encourage strong applications.  Since the project, 11 out of the initial group of 16 young people are in work or further training in the cultural sector. A 3-minute film summarises the project.

Training for emergent professionals

The partnership work also includes training for emergent professionals and undergraduates, including 10 minute Gateway seminars which are available online:

Pricing the Arts, Digital Gateways, Finding an Audience, Fundraising Gateways, Project Management and Programming Gateways.

Reach South West

The partnership is called Reach South West. Reach South West is one of 21 Major Partner Museum Services nationwide. Reach South West is funded by Arts Council England to support excellence and resilience within regional museums. Exploring opportunities for early careers and emerging cultural professionals is part of this partnership work.