Two colleagues discussing work, viewed through a glass door.
Colleagues at Historic England's Swindon office. © Historic England DP189398
Colleagues at Historic England's Swindon office. © Historic England DP189398

Apprenticeships at Historic England

We value apprenticeships at Historic England. That’s why, in partnership with a number of heritage organisations, we are leading on the development of new apprenticeship routes into the heritage sector.

Why do an apprenticeship at Historic England?

Our apprenticeships offer real work experience with off-the-job training, supported by our approved training providers. Leading to officially recognised qualifications, an apprenticeship at Historic England is a great way to earn while you learn.

You will only ever need the minimum qualifications for the apprenticeship standard you’re applying to – usually GCSE English and Maths (level 4). All we then ask is that you share our enthusiasm for how heritage connects communities.

We offer apprenticeships from level 2 to level 7. You will usually spend 80% of your time learning through your day-to-day role at our offices and 20% of your time attending college. Sometimes, your designated learning coach may visit you at work or online to support you virtually.

Developing you

We’ll give you all the learning and development you need to complete your apprenticeship and gain a recognised qualification. You’ll have a Line Manager and Mentor who'll support you on your journey with us. This could include time to complete off-the-job training, or giving you opportunities to use what you have learnt in your work.

We have a suite of learning for our apprentices and lots of general skills training including:

  • time management
  • fast effective reading courses
  • strength-based development
  • transformation needs

While we can’t guarantee a permanent role at the end of your apprenticeship, we do support you to apply for roles within Historic England and will encourage you to look for suitable positions. We will also support you with your ongoing career at the end of your apprenticeship through various employability skills training, regardless of whether you choose to stay with us.

Meet some of our apprentices

Hear all about life as an apprentice at Historic England.

Meet Historic Environment Advice Assistant Sacha Langdale Smith

Read Sacha's blog about finding the perfect place with Historic England. 

Find out about Sacha's apprenticeship

Meet Former Listing and Casework Apprentice, Josie Parry

Read Josie's interview about the second half of her apprenticeship and her new role. 

Find out about Josie's apprenticeship

Meet Former Stonemasonry Apprentice, Matthew Tinsley

Read Matthew's interview about his apprenticeship and experience. 

Find out about Matthew's apprenticeship

Meet Public Relations and Communications Apprentice, Liberty Brownlow

Read Liberty's interview about the second half of her apprenticeship.

Find out about Liberty's apprenticeship

Meet Archaeological Technician Apprentice, Jackie Ann Judge

Read Jackie's interview about her apprenticeship and experience. 

Find out about Jackie's apprenticeship

Meet Pinnacle Conservation

As a host organisation for The Heritage Building Skills Programme, Pinnacle Conservation explain how successful apprenticeship schemes can benefit both employer and apprentice.

Editor’s note: the Heritage Building Skills Programme was called The Hamish Ogston Foundation Heritage Building Skills Programme until October 2023.

Find out more about Pinnacle Conservation

Current Opportunities

We don't have any current opportunities for apprenticeships but please keep checking back.

HR Administration Team