Apply for a traineeship

Do you enjoy working with technology at college or at your job or voluntary work?

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? 

Through the Bridging the Digital Gap programme, The National Archives is funding a traineeship at eight institutions in London and the South West, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

For these paid 15-month traineeships, we are looking for talented technical people to use their skills, energy and digital confidence to help preserve our history and find new ways for people to access and learn from that heritage.

Applications are open from 1 to 30 September 2020.

The eight traineeships will run January 2021-March 2022 at these institutions:

E-Preservation West Consortium

  • Dorset History Centre
  • Gloucestershire Archives
  • South West Heritage Trust (Devon/Somerset)
  • Warwickshire County Record Office

Social Advocacy Consortium

  • Amnesty International, International Secretariat, London
  • The Guardian Foundation, London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • University of Bristol

How to apply

  1. Go to the Civil Service job search: https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi
  2. Choose ‘digital’ under Job Role and ‘The National Archives’ under Organisation.


Important notes
You may only apply for one traineeship. If you apply for more than one, only your first application will be put through to short-listing.

To be eligible to apply, you must fulfil one of the following two essential criteria:

  1. A Level(s) or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) in science, maths, computing or other technical subject(s) (e.g., level 3 award, certificate, diploma, NVQ, etc.)
  2. Demonstrable experience in using technical skills in the workplace or voluntary activity