Skills for the Future, 2016 (Cohort 3) - new funding announced

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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!

View Jo Reilly's profile Jo Reilly Mar 13 2017 - 2:27pm
  1. Here is the list of the 18 projects which have been given a First Round Pass in February 2017:

    • Blyth Tall Ship. A project based in the North East of England focusing on traditional shipwrighting skills with 36 placements aimed at local young people and women.
    • Boiler Engineering Skills Training Trust. 16 placements across the UK to develop historical mechanical engineering skills with emphasis on attracting trainees from areas of high unemployment and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
    • Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service.With a focus on skills which will enhance audience development, community engagement and visitor services, 24 placements will be available for young people with few formal qualifications.
    • Creative & Cultural Skills (Wales). A Wales-based project creating 33 placements to develop skills in heritage collections care, digital interpretation and heritage operations aimed at 18-24 year olds from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
    • Cultural Co-operation. 34 placements within London-based organisations will deliver skills training in conservation, collections management; digitisation and engaging new audiences, to young people and particularly people from black, Asian and minority ethic communities or disabled people.
    • Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. A project based in the East Midlands and Yorkshire providing 24 placements in skills relating to flood risk mitigation, land management for pollinators, health & wellbeing and digital skills. At least a third of these trainees will be from under-represented audiences while two-thirds will be non-graduates.
    • Dry Stone Walling Association. 8 young people from lower socio-economic groups will be trained in dry stone walling through placements based across the UK.
    • Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. A project based in North Wales which will focus on providing 20 placements in mechanical engineering, joinery and interpretation, aimed at young people, women and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
    • Lincolnshire County Council. 21 young people with few formal qualifications will be targeted in Lincoln focusing on traditional building skills, archaeology and public engagement.
    • Museums Galleries Scotland. A Scottish-based project providing 22 placement in collections skills, digital, audience development and volunteer management aimed at disabled people, people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or from a lower socio-economic background.
    • National Historic Ships Committee. 16 placements across England and Scotland to provide skills to young people, those from a BAME background and women in how to interpret, operate and maintain historic vessels.
    • Next Step Initiative. A Scottish based project delivering 16 placements and targeting black, Asian and minority ethic communities in conservation skills, collection handling, digitisation, outreach and community engagement.
    • South West Wildlife Trusts. A project providing 30 placements in the South West of England to deliver skills training to young people in species identification, surveying, hedgelaying and coppicing.
    • The British Museum. 27 placements across the UK focusing on developing digital skills to young people from diverse and under-represented groups.
    • The National Archives. An England-wide project providing 24 placements in digital archive skills focusing on those who are under-represented in the sector including people with long-term health conditions, men and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities;
    • The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country. A project based in the West Midlands which will provide 24 placements targeting those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities or lower–socio economic background in skills to do practical land management and community engagement.
    • Trees For Life. A Scottish based project with a focus on skills for tree propagation, landscape management, ecological monitoring and engaging communities. 15 placements will be created and targeted at local young people, older career changers and women.
    • Ulster Wildlife Trust. Based in Northern Ireland, 21 placements will be created to develop skills in environmental conservation and aimed at disabled people, young people and those from black, Asian and minority ethic communities.


  2. View Nick Randell's profile Nick Randell
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  3. As a result of the new funding we have received as part of Round 3, we currently have two Invitation to Tenders available - please do pass on to your contacts and networks:

    Learning Programme – Bridging the Digital Gap

    We are seeking to appoint a lead training developer to design, commission and co-ordinate the learning programme for 'Transforming Archives: Bridging the Digital Gap' trainees. The outcome of this piece of work will be a robust, effective learning package for trainees on 'Bridging the Digital Gap', keyed in to national frameworks. The training developer must be a specialist in the design and delivery of training programmes, and need not necessarily be a specialist in archives and their practices.

    Recruitment Strategy – Bridging the Digital Gap

    The National Archives seeks to commission a suitably experienced organisation or individual to develop the recruitment strategy for 'Bridging the Digital Gap' to ensure a rich and diverse range of applicants are encouraged to apply for traineeships.

    Best wishes,


  4. View Emma Stagg's profile Emma Stagg
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  5. Thanks Emma. Great to see you embracing talent outside the sector. I wish you well with the recruitment.


    I was with the HLF Board of Trustees recently reviewing this latest round of Skills for the Future funding. Trustees particularly welcomed:

    • the ambition of these grantees to reach a wide range of people from different backgrounds;
    • the partnership approach deployed by most in the cohort resulting in the proposed delivery of traineeships right across the UK;
    • the focus on the development of transferable skills, which trainees will be able to take with them into the job market, whatever future direction they choose to take.

    We look forward to seeing grantees' plans crystallise over the summer and all of this ambition being delivered for new trainees.

    If you're curious to read some stories from trainees past, one place to look is HLF's Changing Lives Tumblr site.  Hazel Pennack and Graeme McGrath make it to the front page:

    #SkillsForTheFuture  #ChangingLives

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