Heritage organisations respond to apprenticeship reform

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Apprenticeship reform in England promises to bring exciting new change to recruitment and training practices in heritage organisations – but there’s lots to get our heads around.

On 15 March, HLF and Historic England organised an information sharing event for those involved in making change happen in the built environment and museum sectors.

A full summary of the day, alongside the key presentations, is now available on the Heritage2020 website: http://www.heritage2020.net/working-groups-capacity-building/#workshop

We’ll provide updates on further activity in this space.

Hosted by the Heritage2020 network, the event brought together expert speakers and people with responsibility to implement reform. The seminar was evaluated positively and helped generate new conversations and partnerships across the sector. The aims of the day were to:

  • update participants on the Apprenticeship Levy and Apprenticeship reform in England, including the Trailblazer process, to ensure a shared level of knowledge and understanding
  • network and develop partnerships to take the new Apprenticeships initiative forward
  • share experience and practice in developing new Apprenticeship standards to date
  • establish next steps and priorities for the cultural heritage sectors.

If you haven’t been following Apprenticeship reform but are interested in knowing more, there’s lots of information on gov.uk and HLF’s recent apprenticeship live chat covered useful ground too.

View Jo Reilly's profile Jo Reilly May 16 2017 - 12:55pm
  1. If when you read the summary of the report it triggers questions or you have related work to update us on, please use this space to comment. We look forward to hearing from you.

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  3. Earlier this month I attended an event, hosted by the Heads of Conservation and Scientific Departments in National Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives, to explore Conservation Trailblazer Apprenticeships. Presentations from the day can be found here  http://icon.org.uk/what-is-conservation/qualifications (Select Trailblazers then Events).

    The key messages I took away from the presentations and discussions included:

    Conservation Trailblazers


    • Apprenticeship Standards can only include qualifications if they are required for:
      • legal or statutory basis
      • professional body registration
      • the apprentice would be at a significant disadvantage without it
    • There are two models for developing degree apprenticeships (degree apprenticeships include degree level and Masters level):
      • Using existing qualification (mandated) – requires end point assessment to cover behaviours and practical skills
      • Integrated degree – created by HEI/employers and incorporates all elements so standard so no additional assessment required
    • Two HEIs are required to sit on degree apprenticeship trailblazers
    • There may be a potential opportunity for the heritage sector to use existing degree qualifications and slot into the apprenticeship model

    Training Providers

    • Some sectors are struggling to find training providers for small sized cohorts (which may apply to the heritage sector)
    • Training providers need to be registered (more information can be found here  http://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-of-apprenticeship-training-providers)
    • The Standard sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) required but the employer and the training provider will determine the syllabus for the apprentice

    ‘Off-the-job’ training

    • Apprenticeships must include 20% structured off-the-job training
    • The definition of off-the-job can include for example desk research, shadowing or mentoring and is NOT just day release for college
    • The off-the-job element of apprenticeships is to be overseen by training providers

    Apprenticeship Routes

    • The Institute for Apprenticeship oversees 15 Routes for apprenticeships and associated route panels (employer-led groups formed of experts within the industry). Heritage skills fall under a wide range of panels e.g.
      • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
        • Archaeological Investigator (level 3)
        • Archaeologist (Degree Level 6)
        • Historic Environment Practitioner
      • Construction
        • Heritage Carpenter and Joiner
        • Geospatial Imaging
      • Creative and Design
        • Bookbinder
        • Community Arts Co-ordinator
        • Museums and Galleries Technician

    Things to look out for:

    Historic England will be launching their Apprenticeship Programme shortly

    Creative and Cultural Skills are working with ACAS to develop a guide for managers of apprentices

    It was really useful to be part of the discussion and hear about the current employment market for the conservation sector as well as the strength of training provision. It will be interesting to see how the trailblazers develop following further engagement with employers.

  4. View Emma Stagg's profile Emma Stagg
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  5. Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship

    A Trailblazer Group of employers has come together to develop a new apprenticeship standard for Heritage Engineering. This is building on the Classic Vehicle Restoration apprenticeship framework but the new Trailblazer standard is designed to encompass more than just classic cars and it will have more engineering content than the present scheme. With this key skills content the new standard and apprentice approach will be made available to other sectors where heritage engineering skills are required, including marine, aviation and steam. The new course will start with universal engineering skills and later in the course, apprentices will specialize in their chosen area.

    The standard provides the foundation for a broad range of technical knowledge and skills essential to each of these sectors. There are expected to be four roles that apprentices can undertake following their training: Classic Vehicle Technician, Heritage Aviation Technician, Marine Technician and Steam Technician.

    If you’d like to know more about the new standard and its development please contact apprentice@fbhvc.co.uk

  6. View Emma Stagg's profile Emma Stagg
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  7. The most recent list of apprenticeships under development (available at http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-standards-in-development ) includes the following standards which may be of interest to colleagues across the heritage sector (and there may be others as well so please do look at the full list):

    • Conservator
    • Historic environment practitioner
    • Heritage carpenter and joiner
    • Bookbinder
    • Community arts co-ordinator
    • Museums and galleries technician
    • Heritage engineering technician

    If you’d like to get involved and contribute to the development of standards in one of the occupations listed in the table, you can read the guidance for trailblazers here http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-develop-an-apprenticeship-standard-guide-for-trailblazers, and email the Trailblazer contact which is available on the list of apprenticeship standards.

    Best wishes,


  8. View Emma Stagg's profile Emma Stagg
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  9. Are you an Apprenticeship Levy-paying employer in Scotland? Employers in Scotland can now access the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce. You will need to work with a college to identify your training needs and each levy payer will be able to access up to £10,000 in 2017-18. The deadline for applications is 15 December 2017.

    The launch announcement can be found here and guidance for Levy-paying employers is here.

    Are any heritage sector employers thinking about applying?

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