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Skills for the Future projects and training opportunities 

Building on the success of the Training Bursaries grant programme, since 2010 our Skills for the Future funding initiative has been helping organisations across the UK provide work-based training that helps people pursue a career in heritage. The Skills for the Future projects shown below are currently in development. Each of our grantees will publicise their training opportunities once they have reached the recruitment stage. Please check their individual websites for further information or contact them directly to register an interest.

Please note: Information last updated 20 November 2013.

Ashmolean Museum

A partnership of the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be involved with a project which will cover skills that focus on heritage education, including learning from objects, delivering education programmes, working with volunteers and media.
Number of trainees: 16
Number of places remaining: 4
Contact: Victoria McGuinness, Project Coordinator for the Oxford University Museums HLF traineeship scheme
Tel: 01865 288 165
victoria.mcguinness@ashmus.ox.ac.uk
Ashmolean Museum website
Final recruitment end of 2013/early 2014

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

To provide trainees with the skills needed to develop a career in natural heritage conservation through training and work-based learning. Time is spent on conservation techniques (such as fencing, hedge-laying, species identification and chain-saw use);  community engagement, including education; and management and leadership.
Number of trainees: 36
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Neil Fletcher, Project Manager
Tel: 01865 775476
neilfletcher@bbowt.org.uk
BBOWT website

Birmingham Museums Trust

The project will provide high quality work-based and hands-on curatorial experience and specialist knowledge to enable trainees to enter the museum workforce.
Number of trainees: 16
Number of places remaining: 4 (next recruitment in February 2014)
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery website

The British Museum

This is a partnership between the British Museum and five key regional/national partners. It addresses the skills gap within the sector for curators with detailed specialist skills in the practical and appropriate care, curatorship, display and public engagement with artefacts in museum collections.
Number of trainees: 23
Number of places remaining: 18
Contact: Maria Bojanowsta, partnership UK knowledge share co-ordinator
Tel: 020 7323 8696
mbojanowska@britishmuseum.org
Next recruitment round in April 2014

Bristol Natural History Consortium

The project will teach practical skills that are designed to help professionals select and meet new media activities.  Training will be delivered in a range of heritage organisations by a consortium of heritage practitioners.
Number of trainees: 8
Number of places remaining: 5
Contact: Savita Custead, CEO 
savita@bnhc.org.uk
Tel: 0117 930 4926

TCV Scotland

TCV in Scotland and Northern Ireland will work in partnership to deliver a programme aimed at increasing community environmental engagement skills. It will equip trainees over three years with the skills to engage communities in understanding, valuing and conserving their natural heritage.
Number of trainees: 35
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
The Conservation Volunteers' Natural Communities page

Camarthenshire County Council

Carmarthenshire County Council will establish accredited worked-based opportunities to acquire traditional heritage building skills in lime plastering, stone masonry, slate and tile roofing, carpentry and joinery. The project will provide quality work-based training for trainees at genuine heritage construction sites with the opportunity to attain a heritage qualification at NVQ level 3 or higher.
Number of trainees: 50
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Tywi Centre Foundations in Heritage Bursary Scheme page

Canal and River Trust (NW)

This training scheme focuses on skills related to traditional boat building and the conservation of vessels.  It is a partnership project with National Historic Ships and will offer 18-month training placements over two years at the Heritage Boatyard, National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port.
Number of trainees: 6
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed

Chester Renaissance Academy of Heritage Skills

The project will deliver four 12-month work-based apprenticeships in stone masonry and traditional wood joinery through on-the-job training and a minor element of formal education.  The heritage importance relates to skills required to maintain pre-1919 buildings and structures.
Number of trainees: 9
Number of places remaining: 1
Contact: Paul Valentine, Senior Training Officer 
Tel: 01606 867 682
pvalentine@cheshire.gov.uk

Chiltern Open Air Museum

The project focuses on the delivery of workplace skills training for eight trainees over four years. Each year of the programme two trainees will be recruited with one supervised by the Visitor Services Officer and one supervised by the Education Officer.
Number of trainees: 10
Number of places remaining: 6
Contact: Sally McIver, Fundraiser
Tel: 01494 871 117
fundraising@coam.org.uk
Chiltern Open Air Museum website
Final recruitment deadline 2 December 2013

CITB – Construction Skills Northern Ireland

The project focuses on the main recognised practical building craft skills necessary for the appropriate conservation, repair and maintenance of pre-1919 buildings.  It will also provide opportunities to develop the underpinning knowledge necessary for practitioners to undertake such work or train others to do so.
Number of trainees: 38
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Amanda Stevenson
Tel: 028 9082 4204
Email: amanda.stevenson@citbcsni.org.uk
CITB website

Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service

Ipswich and Colchester Museum Service is supporting four trainees in developing relevant modern information management skills, mainly museum documentation procedures, alongside historical research skills and knowledge of handling and care of collections. This is combined with up-to-date IT technology. Two of the trainees are working with Colchester and Ipswich Museum, one with the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket and the fourth at Gainsborough’s House.
Number of trainees: 8
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed

The Council for British Archaeology

The project is enabling the CBA to offer year-long workplace learning bursaries designed to equip would-be community archaeologists with the skills, experience and confidence to work with voluntary groups and communities. Executed in five cohorts over a three-year period, the project is providing a total of 51 paid bursary placements; of these, half have a specific focus on developing ‘youth-engagement’. Placements are hosted by strategically identified heritage organisations across the UK that have existing experience of delivering strong and effective community archaeology programmes.
Number of trainees: 51
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Council for British Archaeology bursaries website or their Facebook page

Cultural Co-operation

The project aims to address the relative absence of ethnic diversity in all aspects of the heritage sector. 17 Training placements will be offered in heritage organisations who wish to increase the presence of diversity in what their organisations do and how they do it.
Number of trainees: 17
Number of places remaining: 17
Closing date: 4 August 2014
Contact: Kiri Anderson, SOCL Programme Manager
Tel: 020 7264 0000
kiri.anderson@culturalco-operation.org

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

The project has been developed in partnership with the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and focuses on marine heritage skills, species ID and habitat surveying, community engagement as well as a range of transferable skills (IT, communication, marketing, project management)
Number of trainees: 12 (4 per year for 3 years)
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Cumbria Wildlife Trust Marine Graduate Training Programme website

Dorset Wildlife Trust

This three-year project will cover practical land management skills, planning, surveying and monitoring skills plus transferable skills (eg IT and communication).
Number of trainees: 24
Number of places remaining: 8
Contact: Brian Bleese, Project Manager 
Tel: 01305 264 620
bbleese@dorsetwildlife.co.uk

East Sussex County Council

East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership (ESMAP) are planning a project to focus on the heritage areas of reconstruction archaeology and archaeological landscape management. Skills taught will include: traditional building skills eg wattle and daub, clunch, thatching, coppicing and tree felling.  Environmental conservation, off-road driving and chainsaw usage will also be included.
Number of trainees: 14
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed

Eastside Community Heritage

East Community Heritage, located in the London Borough of Redbridge, will run a 2 ½ year project to provide training for 12 under 25 year-olds. The aim is to manage and deliver community heritage projects focusing specifically on oral history collecting.
Number of trainees: 20
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Judith Garfield, Manager
Tel: 020 7538 4545
office@ech.org.uk

Garden Museum

Garden Museum, based in the London of Borough of Lambeth, will run a four-year project to equip four recent graduates with the necessary skills to develop sustainability within the sector.
Number of trainees: 4 (1 per year for 4 years)
Number of places remaining: 1
Contact: Jo Bradshaw, Programmes Manager
Tel: 020 7401 8865
jo@gardenmuseum.org.uk

Glamorgan Archives Joint Committee

The project will provide work-based training opportunities focusing on skills development in digitisation, research and local history, collection and conservation management and community engagement through a range of placements in libraries, archives and museums. The trainees will also be working towards the Level 2 Certificate in Libraries, Archives and Information Services. The traineeships are targeting men aged under 30 who are under-represented in the sector.
Number of trainees: 16
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Emma Stagg, Project Manager
Tel: 029 2087 2205
cloch@cardiff.gov.uk

Grimshay Boatshed Trust

The Grimshay Boatshed Trust will run a training project to revive traditional boatbuilding skills from the West of Scotland and increase understanding of the intangible heritage connected to the vessels. The placements will be offered across two sites in Minch and Am Bata.
Number of trainees: 9
Number of places remaining: 2
Contact: Sandra Holmes, Secretary
sandra.holmes@hient.co.uk

Hampshire County Council – Economic Development Office

Hampshire County Council, in partnership with Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology. Southampton City Council and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, will deliver a range of work-based training opportunities in areas of the sector currently suffering from a skills shortage
Number of trainees: 9
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Deborah Neubauer, Community Engagement and Learning Officer
Tel: 01962 826700
Deborah.neubauer@hants.gov.uk

Historic Scotland

The training programme will focus on the built environment and a number of skills gaps that Historic Scotland has identified. There will be four heritage strands and these will include: engineering heritage; digital documentation and visualisation of traditional buildings; and energy saving and carbon reduction.
Number of trainees: 20
Number of places remaining: 14
Contact: Gillian Ferguson, Project Manager
Tel: 01786 431 331
gillian.ferguson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Historic Scotland website

Ironwork Trust Ltd - National Heritage Ironwork Group

The project will train people in the skills involved in conserving and restoring historic ironwork.
Number of trainees: 18
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
National Heritage Ironwork Group website

Lincolnshire County Council

The project focuses on skills in stone masonry, joinery, lead work and stained glass conservation.  It will give trainees the skills required to go from NVQ level 1 to NVQ level 3.
Number of trainees: 16
Number of places remaining: 4
Contact: Mary Powell, Programme Coordinator Historic Lincoln Projects
Tel: 01522 550 612
mary.powell@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Mid Hants Railway Ltd and Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society Ltd

The project focuses on the development of workplace skills training placements, providing 10 two-year work placements at the Mid Hants Railway site. The apprentices will undertake training in the mechanical engineering and technical skills required by the railway heritage sector to enable the restoration and maintenance of steam engines, coaches and rolling stock.
Number of trainees: 14
Number of places remaining: 3
Contact: David Snow, Project Co-ordinator
david.snow@orbit-uk.co.uk

Museums Galleries Scotland

This training programme will focus on the needs of the museums sector and the skills gap within its workforce.  There will be two different heritage strands including: skills that support collections management and the underpinning digital skills required to support these and the skills of volunteer management
Number of trainees: 40
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Museums Galleries Scotland website

National Archives

The project takes a cross-England approach to addressing the skills gap identified within the archives sector. It will provide training in the areas of community engagement, digital preservation, online user engagement and traditional preservation and interpretation.
Number of trainees: 39
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Rachel Davies, Programme Manager (Opening Up Archives)
Tel: 020 8876 3444 ext 2044
rachel.davies@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

National Heritage Training Group (NHTG)

The project will work across the nine English regions and provide training on heritage skills, including brickwork, carpentry and joinery, dry stone walling, earth walling, ironwork, thatching and roofing.
Number of trainees: 60
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Karen Houghton / Sophie Slater
Tel: 0115 975 1880
info@nhtgskills.org

National Maritime Museum

Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum will run a four-year project and recruit six individuals to each carry out a one year full-time internship within the conservation and preservation department of the NMM, focusing specifically on either textiles or metals.
Number of trainees: 10
Number of places remaining: 1
Contact: Birthe Christensen, Head of Conservation
Tel: 020 8312 6504
BChristensen@nmm.ac.uk

National Museum Wales

The National Museum Wales will establish work-based accreditation excellence in practical, specialised, heritage horticultural period skills such as Jacobean, Victorian and Edwardian techniques. 
Number of trainees: 53
Number of places remaining: 39
Contact: A E Dixey, Estate Manager at St Fagans
Tel: 029 2057 3500
andrew.dixey@amgueddfacymru.ac.uk

National Museums Liverpool (NML)

National Museums Liverpool will run a Positive Action Training project to improve diversity within the heritage workforce by offering new accredited training opportunities at four venues across the North West.
Number of trainees: 12
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed

National Trust

The project has focused on four key heritage ‘technical’ skills areas: House and Collections Management; Management of Heritage Visitor Experience; ‘Managing historic gardens’ and ‘Managing historic parklands and landscapes’. Under these four focus areas the project has provided structured hands-on training placements in the form of a ‘Heritage Skills Passport’ at NT properties.
These training placements have now all been filled, but if you would like more detail about the programme, please contact the Project Manager, Claire Poulton
Number of trainees: 51
Number of places remaining: 0
Contact: People Service Centre
Tel: 07796 447 902
claire.poulton@nationaltrust.org.uk
National Trust: Your Future, Your Hands website

The North of England Zoological Society / Chester Zoo

The project will offer practical training in a range of skills within the natural heritage / wildlife conservation area. 
Number of trainees: 12
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Lynsey Jones, Assistant Development Manager
Tel: 01244 650 292
l.jones@chesterzoo.org 

Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service

Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service at Gressenhall Rural Life Museum plans to run a project to provide work-based training in traditional skills relating to heritage landscape management and rural heritage collections. 
Number of trainees: 78
Number of places remaining: 43
Contact: Robin Hanley, Western Area Manager
robin.hanley@norfolk.gov.uk
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse's Skills for the Future page

North Pennines AONB Partnership

The project provides two strands of training in conservation skills for heritage landscapes, specifically for dry stone walling and scientific surveying.  There will be six trainees over 10 and 12-month placements across two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 
Number of trainees: 10
Number of places remaining: 4 for stone walling / conservation for heritage landscapes
Contact: Lesley Silvera, Project Development Officer
Tel: 01388 528801
lesley@northpenninesaonb.org.uk

Northern Ireland Museums Council

The project is designed to develop museum collections-based skills across the broad areas of caring for collections, collections management and collections interpretation and research.
Number of trainees: 24
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Heather McGuicken
Tel: 02890 550 215
info@nimc.co.uk

Peterborough Environment City Trust

The project focuses on skills for landscape-scale heritage, combining both natural and built heritage.  Trainees will learn how to deliver engaging, accessible exhibitions as well as gaining experience in research, interpretation, promotion and collection conservation and in encouraging diversity amongst Peterborough’s heritage audiences.
Number of trainees: 19
Number of places remaining: 9
Contact: Nyree Ambarchian, Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: 01733 866 437
nyree@pect.org.uk

PZ Conservation CIC

The practical skills of four individuals will be developed in order to enable them to conserve books and bound collections.
Number of trainees: 5
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Elizabeth Neville, Director
Tel: 01736 874 544
eneville@tabularium.co.uk

Rare Breeds Survival Trust

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) will run a project focusing on low-intensity, extensive grazing as the primary means of managing and conserving culturally important landscapes. The trainees will learn about different habitats and landscapes across the UK and the practical stock management skills required to enable effective heritage grazing.
Number of trainees: 21
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed

Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland

A programme of training that will deliver curatorial, learning and interpretation skills required for the documentation and dissemination of archive and museum collections.
Number of trainees: 34
Number of places remaining: 12
Contact: Rebecca Bailey, Head of Education and Outreach
Tel: 0131 662 1456
rebecca.bailey@rcahms.gov.uk

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

RSPB nature reserves will provide training opportunities in natural heritage. Traineeships in either ecological recording or visitor services are a combination of work-based placements and training courses, and will be undertaken over a three-year period with the aim of improving conservation management and increasing access to natural heritage.
Number of trainees: 27
Number of places remaining: 8
Contact: Heather Giles
Tel: 01767 693454
Latest recruitment round January 2014

Scottish Wildlife Trust

The project comprises a training programme to deliver ecological survey skills and complimentary technical supporting skills.
Number of trainees: 20
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Eric Coull, Conservation Programmes Manager
Tel: 0131 312 4735
ecoull@swt.org.uk

Sheffield Wildlife Trust

The project will train people in biodiversity-focused land management skills. The key heritage skills included in the project are: coppicing; hedgelaying and dry stone walling; management of access, vegetation, ponds/wetland; estate management; use of tools and machinery; species identification/surveying/monitoring; interpretation; and promoting recreation.
Number of trainees: 31
Number of places remaining: 5
Contact: Rachel Stevenson, Project manager
Tel: 0114 263 4335
r.stevenson@wildsheffield.com
Sheffield Wildlife Trust website

Stockport MBC

Stockport Council will be delivering a remaining eight 12 month work-based placements over the next two years. Placements will be available in a range of heritage areas including Conservation Management, Libraries & Archives and Museums Collections and Technical Management. Through each of these placements individuals will gain a wide range of hands-on heritage experience, whilst also being equipped with the workplace and personal development skills, to increase their chance of gaining employment in the sector.
Number of trainees: 26
Number of places remaining: 8 (over 2 years)
Contact: Michael Fisher, Programme Management and External Funding Manager
Tel: 0161 474 3742
michael.fisher@stockport.gov.uk

Surrey County Council Countryside

Funding will enable people from a range of backgrounds to learn practical countryside management skills which will help increase their chances of gaining entry into the sector.
Number of trainees: 12
Number of places remaining: 3
Contact: Rachel O'Hara, CMHS Project Co-Ordinator
Tel: 03456 009 009
rachel.o'hara@surreycc.gov.uk
Surrey County Council website
Next recruitment in January 2014

Tate

Tate will deliver a work-based training programme across the Collections Care Division providing a range of practical skills in registration, collection handling, photographing and documenting collections and conservation. The focus will be on 20th and 21st-century materials.
Number of trainees: 27
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Contact: Nicola Dinan
Tel: 020 7821 2984
Nicola.dinan@tate.org.uk
Tate website

Trees for Cities

This three-year project will provide training in a broad range of horticultural skills specific to the preservation of the natural landscape with a focus on heritage landscapes and the historic value of horticulture.
Number of trainees: 24
Number of places remaining: 3
Contact: Suzannne Fane-Saunders, Training Manager
suzanne@treesforcities.org

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

The project aims to address an identified heritage skills gap in engineering. It will provide work-based training opportunities for people who are keen to develop the practical skills associated with maintaining working industrial exhibits in museums and other heritage organisations across the North East.
Number of trainees: 48
Number of places remaining: 14
Contact: Kevin Malone, North of England Civic Trust
Tel: 07787 699 159
kevin.malone@nect.org.uk
North of England Civic Trust website

Next recruitment in Feb / Mar 2014

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

The project will focus on the skills required to be a natural heritage conservation worker, with a combination of practical traditional conservation skills together with the skills needed to engage with volunteers and members of the public.
Number of trainees: 28
Number of places remaining: 4
Contact: Amanda Evans, Volunteer Manager
Tel: 0121 704 0768
amanda.evans@wkwt.org.uk

West Dunbartonshire Council, Dept of Education

The training programme will deliver a suite of museum skills and targets groups which are currently under represented within the workforce.
Number of trainees: 9
Number of places remaining: 3
Contact: Joe Traynor, Senior Museums Officer
Tel: 01389 772 147
joe.traynor@west-dunbarton.gov.uk 

Whitechapel Gallery

The Whitechapel Gallery will deliver a project over two years. It will provide training and work placements focusing on cultural heritage skills within the Gallery.
Number of trainees: 18
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Whitechapel Gallery website

Wildwood Trust

This is a three-year scheme to engage four trainees per year in endangered species conservation and ancient woodland management.
Number of trainees: 20
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed

Worcestershire County Council

Worcestershire County Council will deliver five work-based placements over a two-year period.  The project aims to create future leaders who can advocate for the museums, libraries and archives sector and enable its continued development and high profile.
Number of trainees: 10
Number of places remaining: All recruitment completed
Worcestershire County Council website