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Positive Action Training Placements

We are inviting historic environment organisations to participate in our scheme to increase workforce diversity in the sector.

Please note this information is for Historic Environment Sector organisations. The placement scheme will be open for students to apply to from March 2018.

We'd like historic environment sector organisations to join us in creating a more representative and more relevant workforce.

Please see the documents below for details on how the scheme will work and to express interest in participating.


In 2016-2017 only 4.3% of the Historic England work force described their ethnicity as Black Asian of Minority Ethnic (BAME).

In March 2016 the Government published the Culture White Paper and challenged Historic England and other nationally funded cultural organisations to develop and share strategies for improving workforce diversity.

In response Historic England developed a Workforce Diversity Strategy which has several strands of activity but one of the most significant is a new paid Heritage Training Placements scheme for undergraduates and recent graduates with Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage.

Woman sitting on the steps of Leeds Town Hall
The heritage sector is currently under-represented by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people. These training placements are designed to encourage people from groups who are under-represented to consider a career in our sector.

The scheme so far

In 2016 we began the scheme with four placements in London. In 2017 this was expanded to 12 placements across our offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, York and Bristol.

We have evaluated the scheme thoroughly and are now ready to extend the scheme across the wider Heritage Sector.

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Sandra Stancliffe

Head of Education and Inclusion