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Paid Training Placements for Students with BAME Heritage – Summer 2017

Are you interested in gaining skills and experience as preparation for a career in heritage?

We’re excited to be able to offer a number of training placements for undergraduates or recent graduates (graduated within the last 18 months) who identify as having Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (please see below for more information why).

You don’t necessarily need to be working towards a qualification relevant to heritage, but you’ll need to persuade us that you care about heritage.

Successful applicants will receive a training bursary of £300-£350 per week (depending on location).

Who are we?

As the public body that champions England’s historic environment, we help people understand, value and care for heritage from the Stone Age to the 20th century.

What’s in it for you?

Gain experience and skills that will help you to develop your career within the heritage, culture, environment and research sectors.

You’ll be joining one of our friendly teams and be working with colleagues who are passionate about looking after our built heritage and getting other people excited about it.

We believe that these opportunities will help us too, so we will be encouraging you to bring your ideas and experiences to help shape our future.

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The heritage sector is currently under-represented by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people. These training placements are designed to encourage people from groups who are under-represented to consider a career in our sector.

What are the placements?

The training and project opportunities we have are in the following teams and locations:

  1. Marketing team (London)
  2. Fundraising team (London)
  3. Listing team (London)
  4. Government Advice – Planning team (London)
  5. Education and Archives teams (Swindon)
  6. Education and Inclusion team (York)
  7. Local Planning Teams (Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham)

These placements will last four to eight weeks (the Swindon placement is shorter – for two weeks). We'll agree exact details with the successful candidate but we expect the placements to be completed before university terms begin in October 2017.

Who we’re looking for

For all placements we are looking for you to have the following abilities and enjoy:

  • Writing clearly for a wide range of audiences
  • Meeting, talking to and finding out about a wide range of different types of people
  • Using social media, and being familiar with what content works best across different channels
  • Using research in your degree, with a keen eye for detail and accuracy
  • Carrying out research, for example on fundraising prospects or using archives
  • Engaging with a variety of colleagues inside and outside the organisation and working effectively within a team
  • Hitting deadlines and balancing competing demands on your time
  • Being organised and developing systems for managing your work
  • Gaining experience within the heritage sector for your future career

For the marketing roles it would be an advantage if you to have the ability to spot interesting and engaging stories and write interesting copy.

For the placement in Manchester it would be an advantage if you had an understanding of how old maps, pictures and oral history can help us understand a place over time.

Remember: you don’t necessarily need to be working towards a qualification relevant to heritage, but you will need to persuade us that you care about heritage.

Why we’re doing this

Our workforce and that of the heritage sector is currently under-represented by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people. The Equality Act allows us to provide training placements as a way to encourage people from groups who are under-represented to consider a career in our sector. We are therefore offering these placements specifically to people who consider themselves to be of BAME heritage.

Read more about us and our commitment to improving diversity

How to apply

Please email your application to Sandra Stancliffe (details below) and include:

  • a CV (no more than two pages long) and
  • a covering letter (also no more than two pages) which tells us:
     - how you meet our required skills and attributes
     - why you’re interested
     - which placement/location you’re interested in
     - when you would be available

Closing date - Friday 23 June 2017

We’ll invite shortlisted candidates to a meeting to make a final selection.

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Sandra Stancliffe

Head of Education and Inclusion