Introduce yourself to the skills community

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Hello! To help us know who is part of our Skills for the Future online community we have created this space for you to introduce yourself to the forum.  Not sure what to say? Give a little background on your interest in heritage skills, including any projects you are involved in and what difference they are making. It would also be helpful to know why you joined and what you'd like to get from the community.

If you'd like to read about me, then you can read my short biography .

View Nick Randell's profile Nick Randell Jun 12 2014 - 3:39pm
  1. Hello, My name is Sharon Goddard and I have the privilege to be an HLF mentor to a number of Skills for the Future projects.  My background is in the Further Education sector and I used to lead HLF policy on learning and skills way back in the day. I know how much effort has been put into bringing this programme into being and am thrilled at what is being achieved through it.  I have seen lots of evidence of lives being changed and the heritage benefiting from different people's involvement. However I also know that there are tricky bits to negotiate and this on-line community will be a great way for us all to share our experiences and solutions. I am really looking forward to being involved.

  2. View Sharon Goddard's profile Sharon Goddard
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  3. Hello Everyone!
    I'm Andrew Dixey, Chairman of the Heritage Horticulture Skills Scheme, training people in quality hand skills so that our magnificent heritage gardens can be maintained as they should be.  Interesting to see Liz's post as two of our gardens were designed by Thomas Mawson. 

    Funded from the Skills for the Future programme, our last intake :(( is this September.  If any of you know someone who might be interested in a 14 month traineeship, with a tax-free bursary of £11000, applications are open now.  Closing date 27th June. for more details!

  4. View Andrew Dixey's profile Andrew Dixey
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  5. Hi all. My name is Steve Davis, and I have been managing the Dorset Wildlife Trust Skills for the Future programme since 2011.  It's been really inspiring to be a part of the journey for so many young people that have turned up as nervous trainees on day one of the programme, and gain skills, confidence and 'presence' to flourish in the sector.  I'm very proud to see the results of the training, with many of the trainees now employed locally within the sector, and some further afield. 

    This year, we enter a new programme, in a joint training programme with Somerst, Devon and Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts. It promises to be another great opportunity!

    On a personal level, my interests lie in wildlife (of course!), photography, and running. I'm a great advocate of parkrun - the community it has built is simply astonishing!


  6. View Steve Davis's profile Steve Davis
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  7. Hi, I'm Sally McIver and the Development Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum in Buckinghamshire, recently voted by Visit England as one of the top three small visitor attractions in the country.We have two Skills for the Future programmes running; one training three people a year in volunteer management, education and environmental sustainability in heritage settings. This programme is coming to an end next February. (:The other is a new programme providing in depth work-based training in heritage building skills and rural heritage skills. :) 

    One of the areas we've progressed as an organisation through SFTF is in recruitment practices, as the programme has given us the opportunity to work with a professional recruitment consultant. We've now changed the way we recruit all staff (not that we have many!) 

    The big question for us right now is are there any other funding pots we can access to continue our programme in some form, as through SFTF we hope we've become a good training organisation.

    On a personal level, I also work in international development and organise an arts festival at Chiltern Open Air Museum as a volunteer. See 



  8. View Sally McIver's profile Sally McIver
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  9. Hallo, I am Lizzie Neville, director of Penzance based PZ Conservation C.I.C. We are a very small training organisation that through HLF's, Skills for the Future programme, trains new-starters and conservation graduates in book and archive conservation.  Traineeships are usually 18 months long and one fifth of the trainees time is spent working pro-bono to provide training and support to local heritage organisations and in introducing more people to conservation and heritage.

    You can check out our blog on

    We are just completing our first SFF project (Oct 2014 end) and have started our second SFF project, which is causing a slight administrative log jam as we have just completed our final evaluation for the first whilst recruiting and doing our first payment requests on the second project!

    We have booked in to do a career fair at Exeter University next October which is in the South West and and the institute of Conservation hs agreed to provide us with leaflets about training opportunities in conservation. Are the any other SFF projects looking to recrut graduates?  Perhaps there are opportunities for some SFF projects to link up to spread the word further about future traineeships and what the heritage sector has to offer?  Any ideas?

    I am also interested in natural heritage as well as cultural heritage and woud be interested in forging links with other heritage training projects in Cornwall with a view to kick starting a local trainee network.




  10. View Lizzie Neville's profile Lizzie Neville
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  11. Hello all. I am possibly the baby of the SFF family in being a newbie, just over one week into my traineeship at the Oxford University Museums.  I am based at The Ashmolean Museum as the first of three very special placements. The other five trainees and I have all received a very warm welcome at the University Museums and already have some great projects to get our teeth into both together and as part of the Education teams where we are based. It is a dream come true to get this opportunity and I am determined to make the most of it.  If you want to follow our progress we are on Twitter at @SkillsOUMC and also have personal accounts there. it's great to find a less public forum to share ideas and learn from more experienced professionals here.  I Look forward to hearing who else is out there and discovering as much as I can of best practice - to share what I learn and hopefully make a difference in the future too. 


  12. View Mary Cook's profile Mary Cook
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  13. Hello everyone,

    I'm Jo and work alongside Nick as Director of the Skills for the Future programme.  In this context, it's my job to ensure HLF meet our strategic objectives for the programme* and to ensure that any lessons learnt are captured and shared throughout the sector.

    I've met many of you over recent years and heard about the fantastic work that you are doing either to deliver and support on-the-job training or as trainees bringing new ideas to heritage. I really look forward to continuing our conversations in this online space and to using what I learn to influence the quality of future HLF applications.

    Best wishes,  Jo

    *Just to remind you, the Skills for the Future initiative is intended to:

    • fund high quality work-based training opportunities to equip people with the skills to pursue a career in heritage;
    • meet identified skills shortages and gaps in the heritage sector;
    • enhance the capacity of the heritage sector to deliver sustainable training and share good practice;  and
    • increase the diversity of the heritage workforce.
  14. View Jo Reilly's profile Jo Reilly
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  15. Hello all,

    I'm Dawn and I am the Project Coordinator for Surrey County Councils Countryside Management Skills for the Future programme. We are in our forth and final year of funding from the HLF.

    The programme has been really successful, we have taken on three trainees a year and placed them in different countryside projects hosted by Surrey County Council, where they have gained a variety of skills from both on the job experience and practical training courses in every thing from practical ID skills to chainsaw and pestide certificates.

    All 9 previous trainees have gone on to work in the industry - so we really believe we have a programme that works.

    I'm now in the process of looking at how we can continue to provide high quality training places after the funding has finished. so will probably be pretty active on the legacy pages of this new forum.

    I'll also be looking at how we evaluate the success of the project to feed back to HLF so may be looking at what others have done that have gone before.

    That's about it for now.

  16. View Dawn Rayment's profile Dawn Rayment
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  17. Hello all,

    I'm Emma and I'm Project Manager for the Conserving Local Communities Heritage project (or CLOCH for short). We're coming to the end of our Skills for the Future funding and our final cohort of trainees finish in November this year.

    CLOCH is a partnership project, led by Glamorgan Archives, and we have provided 16 year-long traineeships (across 3 years) in libraries, archives and museums. We have focused on four core skills:

    • digitisation
    • research and local history
    • community engagement
    • conservation and collection management

    and our trainees have worked towards a Level 2 Certificate in Libraries, Archives and Information Services. We have also used Positive Action to target young men under 30, who are under-represented in the workforce. The project has been really rewarding (on a personal as well as professional level) as we have been targetting local unemployed men who would not usually have considered working in our sector and it's great to see so many of them moving onto employment. We've also had our challenges so it's not all been plain sailing!  Happy to share all of our experiences and lessons learnt.

    I'm an archivist by training although I've been focusing on workforce development for a few years. I've also completed my Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance training as part of the project (and we've supported our project partners to do the same) so have also come out of the Skills for the Future programme with new skills to add to my cv and will be continuing to use these in the sector (I hope!).

    I'm also focusing on legacy and evaluation (as well as our end of project celebration event) so will be looking for advice in these areas.


  18. View Emma Stagg's profile Emma Stagg
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  19. Good afternoon

    I am Paul, I co ordinate the “Skills for the Future” project based in Cheshire West and Chester.  We offer Traineeships in Stonemasonry and Traditional Joinery, which lead to sustainable Apprenticeships or employment offers

    The Trainees are now looking forward to making the most of this unique opportunity. At the end of the traineeship, they will have had excellent and varied work experience with different specialist Stone masons and Traditional Joiners in our area, coupled with a accredited qualification NVQ level 2 and 3.  This is a crucial phase in their career, giving them skills to a better future.

    In total, the project will create 9 traineeships lasting 12 months each



  20. View Paul Valentine's profile Paul Valentine
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