Modern Apprentice at Devil’s Porridge Museum

One of the paths we can help people take is Modern Apprenticeships. These combine learning and getting a qualification with working on the job with a salary.  The Apprentice will usually assist in a workplace while also completing course work and gaining real job experience. These positions also regularly develop into full jobs after the apprenticeship is completed.


Morgan Leggett joined the Devil’s Porridge Museum in June as a Modern Apprentice after meeting Judith Hewitt, the Manager, earlier that month while still a student at Lockerbie Academy. Morgan got to know the team and the job during a two-day work experience placement. 

“It was an opportunity for both sides to see if we could work together.” Said Judith, “At the end of the second day we discussed whether or not Morgan wanted to commit to a year’s apprenticeship at the Museum and we were very pleased when he said ‘yes’.”


Morgan works 25 hours a week in the Museum office.  His Modern Apprenticeship is in Digital Marketing, so a lot of his work involves maintaining the Museum’s website, Facebook, Instagram, and twitter accounts.  He also regularly completes coursework and has visits from his apprenticeship mentor (who is very pleased with his progress).  Morgan’s apprenticeship was organised by Museums Galleries Scotland who are keen to support entry level careers into the heritage sector and to help museums engage with audiences in new ways.  Morgan said, “I have really enjoyed my time at the Museum so far and look forward to seeing what the future holds. The Museum is a great place to visit and I learn lots working here.”

Judith continues, “Although the brief of Morgan’s apprenticeship is quite specific and we regularly meet to ensure that he is fulfilling the requirements of his qualification, he is a real member of the Museum team and has taken part in lots of events and activities which we run.  It is really nice working with him, and it is very pleasing to see him learn new skills and develop his confidence.  Having an apprentice has been a real asset to our business and Dumfries and Galloway Council have been very helpful throughout the process.”


Morgan recently completed his Modern Apprenticeship in November and is now employed by the Museum as a Museum Assistant.  Here you can see a video laying a wreath from armistice day:

If you think a Modern Apprentice is right for you, or want to look into any other paths towards better employment please contact us as seen below:


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