Archaeology Training Forum (ATF)
The Archaeology Training Forum (ATF) is a delegate body representing organisations with an interest in training and career development in archaeology. IfA is a member organisation. It was constituted in 1998 to review the provision of training in archaeology and to co-ordinate future strategies to meet the profession’s training needs.
The Forum exists to
- keep current training provision by member bodies and others under review
- ensure that funding for training from whatever source is distributed according to need, within a framework of priorities
- align existing and proposed training sessions and units into a series of programmes accessible to all members of the profession and to interested amateurs
- validate training units and integrate them within a widely accepted professional career structure
The Forum promotes solutions to current training issues in the profession, and to ensure that future needs are met. To do so it works with academic and professional partners to promote a range of training to meet the needs to the profession, and coordinate strategies to fill any perceived gaps.
ATF Training award
The ATF Training Award recognises and promotes best practice in training or professional development in archaeology.
The award aims to recognise excellence in the fields of learning, training and professional development and is open to archaeological organisations, individuals, partnerships and collaborative projects throughout the United Kingdom, whether paid or voluntary. This year, ATF will be presenting two Awards, one aimed at organisations and a new Award specifically aimed at individuals. The aim of the Individual Award is to recognise individual archaeologists (whether paid or volunteers) who have made an extraordinary contribution either to their own training and development or through their support for the training of others.