04 June 2013

The National Archives has received initial support for an £18,000 development funding bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under its Skills for the Future programme, the strategic HLF programme that gives people the skills they need for future careers in heritage and opens up heritage to wider audiences.

The support will enable The National Archives to plan a successor to the present three-year scheme under the programme, offering a further three annual cohorts of trainees the opportunity to develop practical archiving skills between 2014 and 2017.

Speaking about the initial bid support Nick Kingsley, Head of Archives Sector Development, The National Archives, said: 'We are extremely grateful to the HLF for their support in helping us develop this important investment in the future of individuals who want to pursue careers in the heritage sector.'

Skills and routes into archives

The project will be delivered in partnership with the Archives and Records Association and a network of partners across England who will host work placements at archive and heritage services, providing an alternative route of entry into archives work for people with non-traditional backgrounds. To enhance their training experience, the trainees will share an online learning space, regular joint training days and a training week at The National Archives. Trainees will also have the opportunity to undertake training focused on an area of heritage, and take advantage of one-to-one support and mentoring to help personal development.

For further information please contact the Archive Sector Development team: asd@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

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