Learning Volunteer (FWWitA)

First World War in the Air (FWWitA) Learning Volunteer

Join our Access and Learning team at our Cosford site as a volunteer First World War Volunteer Learning Assistant and help inspire young people using our First World War artefacts and collection.


The Access and Learning team deliver a variety of workshops to young people of all ages. With a focus on the First World War you will deliver access to our handling collection to members of the public but not limited to. You may be required to work with:


  • Primary School
  • Secondary Schools
  • Universities
  • Teachers
  • Families
  • Stake holders and partners
  • Visitor Experience Assistants


The Museum currently attracts around 27,000 per year who visit us to take part in high quality workshops. You will bring to life stories from the First World War by taking part in open handling sessions in the hangar you may be required to run workshops under the guidance and advice of the Access and Learning team to some of the groups of school children that visit us.


You will:


  • Work with fellow Volunteers, Staff and Apprentices
  • Be part of a Volunteering team, following the guidance of the Access and Learning Manager
  • Interact with young people and their families
  • Set up workshops and resources
  • Ensure evaluations are completed
  • Interact with teachers via phone or email and support their visits
  • Ensure public visits are engaging and interesting by showcasing some of our First World War collection.
  • Research topics as required
  • Deliver workshops unsupervised after training


You will be:


  • Ideally from a history education background or be enthusiastic about history
  • An effective team player
  • Willing to learn new skills
  • Confident to speak in front of and to groups of young people
  • Comfortable communicating with young people
  • Adhere to legislation and safeguarding surrounding young people
  • Be physically fit enough to move equipment around unsupervised



We will be hosting a training/recruitment selection event on Saturday 24 March at 10am. You must register your attendance using the instructions at the bottom of the page.


  • Observe a Museum led workshop to help you decide if the role is right for you
  • Mandatory Safeguarding Training
  • Site induction
  • Access and Learning induction
  • Shadow experienced staff to learn how to complete the role
  • Observations of your delivery
  • Training for delivery of workshops
  • Health and Safety
  • Fire and emergency procedure
  • First aid procedure
  • Working safely around young people and adults on visits


Commitment: 1 day per week minimum


One day a week for 40 weeks of the year.  This is negotiable depending on personal circumstances. 




The typical working day starts at 09:30 and finishes at 15:00.  This is flexible to suit individual needs.  There is a one hour break at lunchtime. 




Travel and food expenses will be reimbursed up to £13.50 per day, in line with Museum policy.


Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) will be provided including specialist to task PPE.

Opportunity to develop new skills and work with a wide range of Museum partners to enable networking opportunities.


References and trial period:


  • Have a DBS check
  • References will be required 1 professional and 1 personal( university or college reference if applicable).


We run a trial period system – this gives both you and us the chance to make sure that expectations are met.


For this role, the trial period is one month or 5 shifts, whichever is longer. 


How to get involved:

Click the yellow 'Fill in an Application' button on the top right hand side of this page.


Closing date:

Wednesday 28th February


We welcome applications from people of all interests, abilities, backgrounds and communities.


To book your place on the Recruitment/Selection day, please log into, with the login details you have created to apply and sign up and confirm your attendance on the 'Opportunities' tab. 


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