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HLF continues funding for IfA Workplace Learning Bursaries

HLF has announced that IfA’s bid for continuation funding for the workplace learning bursaries has been successful. This means that we will be able to offer two further rounds of placements starting later in 2012 and finishing in March 2014. The package of funding also includes partnership funding from English Heritage.

The extension scheme aims to offer two further rounds of placements lasting between 3 and 12 months, starting in September/October 2012 and January 2013. Placements will be targeted at identified skills gaps.

Our skills priorities for the next two years are:

  1. Specialist skills focussed on analysis and recording of historic buildings, artefact and ecofact research and analysis and palaeoenvironmental processing/analysis
  2. Generalist skills in the management of the historic environment, in particular the skills needed to provide integrated advice to local planning authorities
  3. Skills needed to meet the recommendations of the Southport report, focussing on ensuring maximum public benefit from developer funded historic environment work, creating, promoting and using accessible archives, ensuring maximum research input into and benefit from developer funded work and ensuring that archaeologists have the skills necessary to work effectively in integrated, multi-disciplinary teams.
  4. Career entry fieldwork skills

Could you host a placement?

We are currently seeking hosts who are committed to delivering high quality training in these priority areas. IfA will work closely with successful hosts to develop detailed training plans linked to National Occupational Standards and will provide support and training for the key support roles involved in the placement. IfA will fund between 50% and 75% of salary costs for placements in the majority of cases; in exceptional cases we may be able to meet 100% of salary costs but prospective hosts will need to make a strong case demonstrating need. We would particularly encourage prospective hosts who are sole traders offering specialists skills training to contact us to explore funding mechanisms. We are also looking for placement hosts who can fund 100% of salary costs but who need support with the development of training plans, with the recruitment process and with monitoring and accreditation through the NVQ.

More details about the scheme and continued funding are available here. Further information for hosts and application forms are also available.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss ideas for placements, please contact Andrea Bradley at

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446