Trailblazer status under a Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) scheme has been secured with the aim of establishing apprenticeships in Historic Environment Practice. The Steering Group for the project has representatives from Arup, Atkins, Mott MacDonald, AB Heritage Wessex Archaeology, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cotswold Archaeology, Oxford Archaeology, The Council for British Archaeology, MOLA, York Archaeological Trust, National Parks UK, the National Trust and Archaeology South East. Educational providers involved include Oxford Brookes University, Winchester University, UCL and Universities Archaeology UK. Among professional institutes both the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the Institute of Conservation (Icon) are members.

Apprenticeships in archaeology, conservation and historic environment advice at levels ranging from 3 to 7 - equating to academic qualifications from A–level to Postgraduate level - are intended to provide new entry routes. They will help to increase the workforce in an expanding market, proactively address the issue of a shortfall of specialists and help towards creating and maintaining a diverse and dynamic heritage environment sector.

For for information on the apprenticeships please see Historic England's 'Apprenticeships' page or contact Liz Long at Liz.Long [at] Alternatively write to:

Liz Long
Heritage Apprenticeships Programme Manager
Strategic Planning and Management
Research Group
Historic England

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
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