CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
GEM is working towards professionalising the heritage learning workforce.
It recognises that many staff, freelance workers, consultants and volunteers working within the heritage industry are involved in managing or delivering a broad range of learning activities.
The learning workforce is crucial in ensuring that museums are engaged with their communities. GEM is investing in the professional development of this workforce, and researching best practice in museum learning.
GEM’s threefold approach is to:
- Embed its new competency framework for the heritage learning workforce in all its professional development work.
- Offer training at foundation, intermediate and advanced/leadership levels that supports the development of the core competencies outlined in the framework.
- Use its new professional membership scheme to formally recognise the professional knowledge, skills and expertise of GEM members, and provide a focus and incentive for members’ CPD.