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Training toolkit

A professional toolkit for training and professional development in the workplace

What is it?

Over the past eight years IfA has been working with other bodies and organisations to support and develop workplace training. The result of these placements is even more successful and fundamental than we had hoped. To date, four different schemes have been in operation across the heritage sector, all providing funding and support to those wanted to offer structured workplace training within their organisation. These are;

EPPIC Professional Placements in Conservation (EH 2003-2011)

IfA Workplace Learning Bursaries scheme(HLF 2006-2014)

• Historic Environment Trainee scheme (EH 2008-2010)

CBA Skills for the Future scheme (HLF 2011-2014)

IfA Workplace Bursaries Scheme

The IfA scheme has supported 78 archaeologists in funding structured training placements with employers, covering skills that have been identified as gaps within the sector. It has been a huge success, and not only for those who were directly trained, employed or supported in taking part in the scheme. Through running these placements, we have accrued a wealth of knowledge and experience as to how these schemes can be run, how they benefit organisations as well as individuals and how employers can build similar structures into their training plans. Using the documentation (the plans, the learning agreements and outlines) for each of the placements, we have a huge range of case studies and examples that others can take inspiration from – and use to provide a sound platform for the develop of their own training agreements. This documentation is testament to the hard work of all those involved and can be made available to all our members and registered organisations. As employers identify training needs and skills gaps, we can provide the support needed for organisations to put structured training in place and to monitor its success.

The toolkit

As a result of the workplace training bursaries, we have been able to develop a training toolkit in order to help employers put in place programmes of structured training for their staff, or to look in more detail at running work placements and internships. We all know that there are huge advantages to running training in a formal and structured way, but also recognise the hurdles which must be cleared in order to do so. We hope this pack helps identify those hurdles and provides the support you may need to help you get past them. The pack is also aimed at employees – training is not just down to your employer – everyone has a personal responsibility to their own career development and the training pack should give you some ideas as to how you might manage that.

The toolkit comprises the following documents:

  1. Introduction
  2. A guide to setting up and managing a placement
  3. Example training plan
  4. A list of existing training plan models
  5. A guide to allocating roles and responsibilities for training
  6. Example recruitment documentation
  7. Example of an individual learning agreement
  8. Template for a placement feedback
  9. A guide to structured training for candidates
  10. Case studies
  11. Information sheet
  12. Feedback questionnaire


As we will be producing a professional practice paper based on the toolkit, we would be really happy to receive any feedback you may have by emailing Kate at Alternatively, you can download and complete the feedback questionnaire above (Document 12), or alternatively complete our online feedback form… Click here to give feedback

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