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

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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,


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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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  11. Apologies for the short notice but the timetable for posting apprenticeship consultations seems to have changed recently. There are currently two consultations closing today that may be of interest:

    Approving Draft Apprenticeship Standards including

    • Countryside Worker
    • Bookbinder

    The survey invites you to comment on new draft apprenticeship Standards submitted this month by Trailblazer employer groups, before a decision is made on whether to approve them for further development and delivery.

    The survey will take no more than ten minutes to complete and your feedback will enhance the development of Standards submitted by Trailblazers and help ensure that new apprenticeships are viable, high quality, and widely supported.

    The survey seeks your views on:

    • Whether each draft Standard fully covers the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for full competence in the relevant occupation;
    • Whether the length and skill level of each draft Standard is substantive enough for the relevant occupation.

    You can respond to the consultation here https://consult.education.gov.uk/apprenticeships/january2018-1/

    Approving the development of new Apprenticeship Standards including

    • Library, information and archive services assistant apprenticeship

    Your feedback will help ensure that any Standards taken forward for development  meet the training needs of relevant occupations, and that new apprenticeships are viable, high quality, and widely supported. In particular we are keen to avoid duplicating Standards that have already been published or are already in development. The survey will take no more than ten minutes to complete.

    The survey seeks your views on:

    • Whether you support the development of the proposed Apprenticeship Standards;
    • Whether you think the proposed Apprenticeship Standards would typically take at least 12 months of training to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for that occupation (required as part of our criteria);
    • Whether these Standards are similar to, or duplicate, existing Standards

    You can respond to the consultation here https://consult.education.gov.uk/apprenticeships/newproposalsjanuary2018/

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  13. Posted on the ICON website https://icon.org.uk/news/consultation-on-conservator-degree-apprenticeship-standard-launched

    Consultation on Conservator Degree Apprenticeship standard

    The Conservation Trailblazer working group is pleased to announce the launch of a consultation on the development of a Conservator Degree Apprenticeship. 

    This degree is intended to complement existing training options in the profession and is designed to support a vocational route into the sector. This represents an important development for the sector so please do take the time to review the standard and complete this survey by 31st January 2018.

    You can view the standard here https://icon.org.uk/system/files/draft_conservator_standard_level_7_-_consultation_0.pdf

    You can respond to the consultation here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/773PT8R

    This is to be a degree apprenticeship. What this means is that candidates will study part-time at a university to complete a master's degree in conservation with the rest of the time being based at their employer. For candidates this gives them the opportunity to hone and develop their practical skills at the same time as studying and earning a wage. It would be expected that candidates will take up to five years to complete the apprenticeship.

    For employers this route offers significant benefits. Working Group Chair, Amber Xavier-Rowe ACR FIIC, Head of Collections Conservation at English Heritage commented that:

    “At English Heritage we support the Conservator Apprenticeship route into the profession as it will help to diversify our work force. It has the potential to remove barriers for a broader range of talented people to enter the sector.

    It also means that as an employer we can work more closely with training providers to tailor learning and education to help shape the conservators we need to successfully work in the heritage sector.”

    What are the next steps? 
    Once feedback from the profession has been received it will be integrated into the Standard which will then be submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships for approval. All going well, the next stage will then be to develop the End Point Assessment Plan and working towards having the standard ready for delivery by September 2018. 

    For further information about the development of the trailblazers and to find answers to questions please visit the apprenticeships page. Alternatively please contract Icon's Training and Development Manager, Patrick Whife: pwhife@icon.org.uk



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  15. Do you support apprentices? Did you know that Remploy provide a free service for any apprentice who is experiencing mental health difficulties at work?

    Sepcialist advisors can provide:

    • emotional well being support and avice for six months
    • advice on simple workplace adjustments
    • successful coping strategies
    • a step-by-step support plan

    You can find out more here https://www.remploy.co.uk/employers/mental-health-and-wellbeing/supporting-apprentices-service

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  17. Apprenticeship Awareness Day

    24th October

    From The National Archives:

    Join us at this important event to discuss apprenticeships and to find out how your service could benefit.

    The Apprenticeship Levy and the Public Sector Apprenticeship Target have encouraged many archive services to see if working with an apprentice could be a good fit for their organisation.

    This event will explore the possibilities for professional level apprenticeships for archivists so don't miss out.

    Sign up for free here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apprenticeship-awareness-day-tickets-50159541539

    Sign up today to:

    • Learn from the experts how the new apprenticeship system works
    • Discover how apprentices are already having an impact in parallel sectors
    • Hear about relevant apprenticeship standards currently in development
    • Get the chance to ask questions and find out how to get involved
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  19. Apprenticeship Standards - approved or in development in England

    Hello all,

    If you’re interested in providing apprenticeships in the heritage sector and struggling to keep track of changes in England, I’ve compiled a list of standards that are currently approved or in development (at various stages – led by groups known as trailblazers). I’ve listed the apprentice title and level below. Apprenticeship levels have equivalent educational levels from GCSE to Master’s degree e.g. Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE, Level 3 to A level, Level 6 to a Bachelor’s degree.

    Clicking on the links will provide further information, including organisations involved in the development process and a contact details for the trailblazer lead.

    If I've missed anything - please do let me know or reply to this post.

    There are also, non-heritage specific standards which may also be relevant e.g.

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