CIfA Approved employer training schemes

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What are CIfA-approved employer training schemes?

CIfA-approved employer training schemes are formal ‘on-the-job’ training designed for early-career archaeologists by archaeological companies. Some are designed as graduate training programmes to bridge the gap between the skills learnt at university and those required in the workplace, but others are specifically aimed at non-graduates. They include training on practical, professional and ethical working practices. Some of CIfA’s Registered Organisations run in-house employee training that is CIfA approved. These include

These training courses are monitored annually to ensure consistent and high-quality training.

What will I gain by choosing an employer training scheme?

Undertaking an employer training scheme is a great way to learn practical skills and develop your knowledge while you work.  You should receive a training plan and support from trainers and mentors who will regularly monitor your progress to ensure that you get the best from your training opportunities. They can be tailored to your skill levels and can also be a good way for people returning to archaeology after a break to refresh skills and bring knowledge up to date. 

What will it be like?

Approved employer training schemes are a minimum of twelve weeks long but may last up to a year. You will be employed and working alongside colleagues on a variety of projects.

The training schemes should give you all the skills you need to be able to build an application for the first steps towards professional status, so the scheme should include that in its description, and there should be plenty of opportunity for reviewing your progress and adding to your CPD (Continuing professional development) log.

Trainees on approved training schemes can also apply for a Trainee CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme), which will allow access onto construction sites that require them. As a trainee, you must be supervised at all times.

If you are thinking of applying to join a trainee scheme, make sure that you know what you will get from it and what you are expected to contribute. CIfA’s Diggers’ Forum have written a guide 'Trainees and training programmes - what to expect' to help you.