Today we announce another significant investment in heritage sector skills. Trustees have awarded £10.1 million to 18 Skills for the Future projects. With this new resource, the sector will create hundreds of new, paid training opportunties to address skills shortages across the UK. Tackling the urgent need to diversify the heritage workforce will be another key focus for the grantees and all are committed to opening up new careers to people not currently well-represented in heritage jobs.
We have run three rounds of Skills for the Future funding since 2009 and it has always attracted enthusisatic and high quality applications. This time, competition remained high - we received 81 applications with a total grant request that way out stripped our available budget. We acknowledge the effort that went into the applications that weren't successful this time. Some were from organisations who are still delivering Skills for the Future grants supported in 2012 and we will continue to celebrate their achievements. We look forward to seeing some of the ambition expressed in other proposals that we couldn't fund this time, come through in applications to our regular grants programmes (e.g. Heritage Grants) where we also invite skills outcomes.
Nick lists all of the new grantees below - they will spend the summer putting together detailed training plans and, all being well, are likely to start delivering traineeships in 2018. Watch this space for the difference they make!