Two groups of Historic England employees meeting at tables in the courtyard of the Engine House, Swindon.

The courtyard at The Engine House, Swindon, where employees can go for meetings or to relax at lunch. © Historic England
The courtyard at The Engine House, Swindon, where employees can go for meetings or to relax at lunch. © Historic England

Apprenticeships with Historic England

What would you like to get from an apprenticeship? Your first job? A training opportunity perhaps? Or to find an organisation that could offer you a diverse career? This is a challenging yet exciting time for you. We're also at the start of something exciting. Apprenticeships are new to us and we believe that your role in our future is vital.

Current opportunities

If there are none listed set up a Job Alert to be updated when we recruit for other apprenticeships in the future.

What does our future hold?

Our future is all about making a difference to our historic environment. Whether it's saving a listed building, protecting an ancient monument or celebrating an aspect of England's unique culture.

We provide a range of public services and research as a non-departmental body, through funding mainly from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). With projects that have local, national and/or global importance we have offices across the country where colleagues who are experts in their field work together to look after the historic environment.

Overhead view of group discussion
© Historic England

What will you discover?

You'll find a diverse array of teams, projects, locations and expertise - a supportive network and an environment of curiosity and continuous learning where you'll be encouraged to succeed.

Swindon is our largest office with a wide range of teams and departments, including the Historic England archive. Having recently developed a new office for our London teams, and our various local teams across the country we're an organisation that is constantly evolving.

We'll support your discoveries and help you to find your own career pathway and learn the skills you need to succeed now and into the future. Each apprenticeship will be tailored to meet your learning needs.

Your manager will be your main support, from your induction and through your day-to-day development over the course of your apprenticeship. You'll also have a mentor who'll provide guidance and coaching when you need it.

We'll also make sure you develop the specialist skills and knowledge you need to be successful through partnering with external colleges and trainers alongside our own internal training.

How to apply

Your application:

We'd love to hear about what motivates you and what you're passionate about. Whilst you may not have relevant experience now, you'll have the drive to be successful.

You'll be completing an application form, so we recommend that you save the questions in an offline document and spend time thinking about the best way to communicate the strengths you'll bring to your apprenticeship. Once you're happy with your answers, copy and paste them into the application form and submit.

Your application will be assessed based purely on the answers that you give. The manager and their colleagues sifting applications won't have access to your name or any of your personal details until they have agreed on the shortlisted candidates.

You'll receive an automated email when we receive your application. We'll next be in contact when we've finished reviewing all applications - usually within 48 hours of the closing date.

Two Historic England employees standing and talking in the office at the Engine House, Swindon.
Historic England's Swindon office is in the Grade II listed Engine House, formerly part of the Swindon Works of the Great Western Railway. With high ceilings and large windows, the offices there are light and airy © Historic England

The interview and assessment:

If your application's shortlisted, you'll be invited into the office where the apprenticeship is to be based to meet with the manager and other colleagues. You'll be interviewed based on the strengths that will be key to your success at Historic England:

  • Collaborative - you enjoy working with others as part of a team
  • Organised - you enjoy focussing on details
  • Problem solver - you're motivated by analysing situations
  • Customer awareness - you enjoy providing a great service
  • Resilience - you always learn from set-backs

Depending on the role, you'll also be assessed on your potential for completing relevant tasks/skills, for example taking calls from customers, interpreting written or numerical information or working as part of a team. This might take the form of either individual or group exercises. So that you can be fully prepared, you'll receive full details when we invite you to attend.

If you'd like more information, please contact us:

Reporting our progress with apprenticeships

Below you can download a short report on progress on developing Historic England Apprenticeships between April 2017 and March 2018.

We believe apprenticeships offer a great way to bring in talent with new ideas to our organisation and are fundamental to our future skill requirements. We see it as a mutually beneficial relationship, offering young people the opportunity to gain experience and develop in their chosen career path and we gain from a more diversified workforce.

We can offer a wide range of opportunities working in corporate functions such as IT, Finance, Human Resources, Customer Service and, in the long term, in our historic environment teams. I look forward to welcoming you to the organisation in these exciting new roles.

Meryl Hayward, Director of Finance, IT and HR
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