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 working with technology at college or at your job?

Are you looking for a challenging development opportunity with a digital focus?

Would you like supportive on-the-job training and to do real work in a rapidly developing area for the archive sector? 

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

We are looking for talented technical people to join the archive sector and use their skills, energy and digital confidence to help us preserve our history and find new ways for people to access and learn from that heritage.

As a trainee, you will spend 15 months working on real-life projects, learning on the job and gaining valuable and rewarding work experience. You will learn the skills needed to keep the past alive for future generations and will get access to specialist training and development, consisting of a structured e-learning programme and dynamic face-to-face workshops.

Throughout the traineeship, you will have the chance to work together with other trainees and colleagues to develop key skills that will prepare you for an exciting career in the heritage sector. You will also work towards a recognised certificate issued by ARA, Archives & Records Association, the professional body for archives.

As a trainee, you will be employed by The National Archives and seconded to a host archive for 15 months. The host archives for the next round of traineeships are below.

Please note that applications for the next round of traineeships have now closed.


  • Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield
  • East Riding Archives
  • Explore York Libraries and Archives
  • Leeds University Library


  • London Metropolitan Archives
  • Transport for London Corporate Archives
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of Westminster

For enquiries about the traineeship programme as a whole, please contact bridgingthedigitalgap@nationalarchives.gov.uk