About the traineeships

Websites, social media, images and sound – these are such an important part of modern life. We need people with technical skills to help us understand and preserve the digital record.

Geoff Browell, KCL

Do you enjoy using digital technology?

Are you looking for a challenging IT-focused training opportunity?

With the right support, could you learn the skills needed to help preserve our digital past?

Borthwick Institute - an image of a digital archive and a traditional repository, side by side

A digital and a traditional archive store, Borthwick Institute for Archives, York

Bridging the Digital Gap traineeships are designed to introduce people with technical backgrounds to a rewarding career in the archives sector. We are looking for people educated to A level (or equivalent) in science, maths, computing or technical subjects – or with demonstrable equivalent experience. You might be a college leaver or a career changer, but you will have a passion for ‘digital’ and some curiosity about the work of archives.

As a trainee, you will be employed by The National Archives and seconded to a host archive for 15 months. You will learn the skills to apply for digital archives assistant roles upon completion.

The traineeships consist of:

  • 32 hours paid employment in an archive
  • completion of an e-learning programme (covering the key aspects of digital preservation)
  • dynamic face-to-face workshops, learning alongside other trainees
  • work-based learning activities and tailored projects
  • one-to-one support from a supervisor and a mentor

The next round of traineeships will start in October 2019, with applications opening in Spring 2019.