Open Call: Learning Assistant Traineeship

Application deadline – Sunday 28 August at 5pm

We are looking for a Learning Assistant to join the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop team until June 2023. You will be working alongside ESW’s Curator for Learning and be supported by the organisation to develop your skills and gain experience working in the arts. You will get to know the different communities and individuals who use our organisation and become an important member of our small team. We are looking for someone who is interested in visual arts education, passionate about visual arts and is keen to learn and establish themselves within the arts.

Application is through an online form which relates to the person specifications, see below for full details.

Learning Assistant Traineeship 

The deadline for this opportunity has now passed

Fixed Term 45 days starting from October 2022-June 2023
£80/ day  

Working hours and pattern
One set day per week during school term time and an additional 10 days spread through the year.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh, EH6 4JT

Application Deadline
Sunday 28 August 2022 at 5pm

Interview date
Thursday 8 September

To support with the planning, practical preparation and delivery of ESW’s Learning Programme, a year-round programme of engagement activity for young people, families, adult learners and groups which takes place in ESW’s Outdoor Learning Studio.  This programme consists of our schools programme with local Trinity and Victoria Primary School, our public courses programme and workshops with partner organisations.   

This is a training opportunity integrated into our team for a limited period to give developmental on the job experience with support from ESW staff. This role can involve greater responsibilities through the year to support the individual post holder’s interests and development, and within appropriate limits of the position itself. In the past this has included devising ideas for your own workshops and receiving specific mentoring and training to develop one of your own specific interests.  


  • Assist with the research and planning of the workshops  
  • Assist with the administration of bookings for courses and workshops 
  • Support the Curator for Learning and lead artists with the delivery of the workshops
  • Manage the set up and clearing of spaces before and after each workshop 
  • Organise and prepare materials and resources for each of the workshops 
  • Support individuals and groups during the workshops 
  • Assist with the monitoring, evaluation and documentation of workshops
  • Assist with the design, promotion and publicity of activity 
  • Do weekly updates on our blog and social media posts
  • Continue to develop your own skills and knowledge with support from the Curator for Learning 

Person Specification  

Please note this can be professional or non-professional experience. Relevant skills and experience may come from a non-relevant work setting or home context.  

  • Interest and experience of working with children/ families/ young people/ learning/ arts education 
  • Interest in contemporary sculpture 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a range of individuals and groups 
  • Confidence working with sculptural materials and good making skills  

 The working pattern will be one set day per week during school term time and an additional 10 days spread through the year to give a variety of experiences within the planning and delivery of our learning programme. 

The successful candidate will be employed on a freelance basis and paid at a daily rate of £80/day.
Candidates may be expected to work on some weekends.

We welcome applications from everyone. We positively encourage applications from minority ethnic backgrounds including:  

  • Black, Asian and People of colour 
  • Disabled people including people with mental health issues or long-term health conditions or chronic illness or learning disabled  
  • LGBTQIA+  
  • People without qualifications 
  • Unemployed/low waged
  • People from lower socio-economic backgrounds  

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is committed to protecting young people that take part in our activities, please see our Child Protection Policy for more information. 

How to apply 
Please complete the google application form by Sunday 28 August 2022 at 5pm. Please answer the questions in whatever format suits you best, if you submit a video or audio recording of your answers,  you can email your recordings directly to  and let us know your name and contact details in the email. We would also appreciate if you could also complete an equalities monitoring form. Please note this is anonymous and will be processed separately from any other information. 

Selection Panel
The people on the selection panel will be; Debi Banerjee, ESW Curator for Learning, Naomi Garriock, Artist and a young person who participated in ESW’s Schools Programme in 2014. We will shortlist up to 6 people and  these people will be invited to a short 40 minute in person interview at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop on Thursday 8 September. If you are unable to make the interview in person we can arrange an interview over zoom. 

Deadline for applications Sunday 28 August 2022 at 5pm 
Interviews Thursday 8 September 2022 

Further support in making your application
If you would like to discuss this opportunity either over the phone or by email in advance of making an application then please contact Debi Banerjee on before the deadline.