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Heritage Apprenticeships

We will support apprenticeships in heritage skills and at all levels, providing paid employment and training in specialist fields. Here you can find out more about why we are developing new heritage apprenticeships. 

Why heritage apprenticeships?

New heritage apprenticeships and career pathways at Historic England and in the wider heritage sector will help us train and maintain a skilled workforce. These skilled people will care for, conserve, and manage our historic environment into the future.

Heritage apprenticeships will:

  • Cover a range of heritage skills from Geospatial Surveying to Digital Media and Marketing and be at a range of levels
  • Allow the apprentice to earn as they learn, carrying out on and off-the-job training as they work towards an apprenticeship standard
  • Address some of the skills shortages and skills gaps in the heritage workforce. These are highlighted in our Heritage Labour Market research
  • Enable us to develop new standards for heritage that will create clearer career pathways at Historic England and for the wider heritage sector
  • Meet our requirements as a public body to contribute to the three million apprentice new starts planned by 2020
  • Meet our obligations to support the arts and cultural sector as set out in the Culture White Paper published in March 2016

New heritage apprenticeship standards

We're developing new heritage apprenticeship standards with partners in an employer-led steering group. The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) is guiding our work with this 'Historic Environment Trailblazer’ group. The standards will apply to a range of heritage roles at a range of levels creating clear structured career pathways in a number of specialisms.

The standards will be available to view and comment on through the Consultation Hub on the Department for Education website.

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