A group of younger Historic England employees in discussion seated at a table in a sunny courtyard.
Historic England staff enjoying the outside courtyard space at the Swindon office. © Historic England Archive. Image reference DP189390.
Historic England staff enjoying the outside courtyard space at the Swindon office. © Historic England Archive. Image reference DP189390.

Apprenticeships with Historic England

We value apprenticeships at Historic England. That’s why we are leading on the development of new apprenticeship routes into the heritage sector, supported by a number of heritage organisations. Historic England is continually growing the number and range of apprenticeships we offer ourselves. We want to support individuals who are passionate about contributing to the care of our spectacular historic environment.

Current opportunities

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

New routes into heritage careers and support roles

Historic England offers a variety of apprenticeships across heritage and non – heritage roles. Our apprenticeships vary in length but will always last for at least 12 months. We are proud to offer apprenticeships from Level 2 upwards and up to Level 7. All of our apprenticeships offer you the chance to develop real work experience combined with off the job training, supported by one of our approved training providers. You will usually spend 80% of your time learning through your day to day role at one of our offices and 20% of your time attending college. (perhaps one day per week or on through a block release approach). Sometimes, your designated learning coach may visit you at your workplace.

Are our apprenticeships right for you?

Most importantly, our apprenticeships are open to everyone. When considering applications, we don’t always look for the most qualified applicant. We consider who would gain the most from the learning opportunity provided by the apprenticeship. We also want you to make a fully informed decision about whether an apprenticeship is right for you, and so we invite shortlisted applicants to spend time in our offices during their application process.

We do ask that you share our enthusiasm for how heritage connects communities, and this applies to our non – heritage apprenticeships as well.

There are a variety of roles and skills that make up our teams, from Facilities Management to Archiving; IT to Conservation; Human Resources to Archaeology and more besides. We work together to protect our most important historic places; helping people to care for, enjoy and celebrate them.

Which route you take to your chosen career - whether it be through 'traditional' higher education, an apprenticeship or something else, depends on your learning style and your personal circumstances. An apprenticeship leads to officially recognised qualifications while obtaining real work experience and learning, and you’ll be paid a salary while you learn.

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 on-going career at the end of your apprenticeship through various employability skills training, regardless of whether you choose to stay with us.

Your wellbeing is important to us and Historic England is proud to have been awarded Gold Standard from the charity MIND for workplace wellbeing, demonstrating a long term and in depth commitment to staff mental health. We are an equal opportunities employer and we strive to make sure our apprenticeship application process is inclusive and accessible to all.

Typical roles

Do you imagine yourself undertaking archaeological excavations at a historic site, or perhaps providing research on the planning and development process of a heritage asset? Or maybe you’d like to support our workforce providing HR guidance? Here’s a sample of some of our most recent apprenticeships we have offered across our national offices

Geospatial Survey Technician Apprenticeship

Learn what it means to be a Geospatial Surveyor, using scanning and photogrammetry equipment to capture hundreds of images to create detailed 3D models of historic objects, sites, landscapes and places used for analysis of their construction and protection.

Business Administration Apprenticeship

Gain administration experience while playing an important support role in our organisation. You will learn on the job with our Corporate Services teams and understand and contribute to key projects at Historic England.

Historic Environment Advice Assistant Apprenticeship

Develop the skills you need to provide advice and recommendations to organisations or the public regarding the planning and development process of historic buildings, places, landscapes and monuments. Find out more about the Historic Environment Advice Assistant Apprenticeships.

Customer Service Apprenticeship

Learn how to provide high quality service to our customers, including the public. Help our customers ‘Enrich the List’. The List is a record of listed places, and has over 400,000 entries, from tower blocks to cathedrals and is filled with insights of England’s spectacular historic places.

What we do for you

We want to equip you with all the learning and development you need to successfully complete your apprenticeship and gain a recognised qualification. You’ll be assigned a Line Manager and Mentor who will actively participate and support you on your journey with us. This support could include time to complete off the job training and providing you with opportunities to use what you have learnt in your work.

Investing in you

We have developed a suite of learning for our apprentices which starts with your induction. We also offer lots of general skills training including time management, fast effective reading courses, strength based development and transformation needs.

Resources available to you

You’ll be encouraged to further your skills with our online learning platform, available to all Historic England staff. We hold events for our apprentices such as lunch and learn sessions and encourage you to participate and learn new skills while connecting with your fellow apprentices.

Reporting our progress with apprenticeships

Historic England is a youth friendly employer

Historic England has committed to The Good Youth Employment Charter and is a Youth Friendly Employer. We recognise the importance of the following principles:

  • Creating opportunity – Provide opportunities for young people to gain the skills and experiences they need, through meaningful and good quality experiences of the world of work that raise their aspirations, skills and personal networks.
  • Recognising Talent – Recruit young people based on their ability, talent and potential, recognising they may have limited experience. Ensure young people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups, as well as those young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds or those with additional needs or barriers are not unfairly excluded.
  • Fair Employment – Provide good quality employment opportunities for young people, such as apprenticeships, graduate roles, entry level jobs and supported internships. Offer fair and safe opportunities and rewards in accordance with the highest industry standards.
  • Developing People – Promote the development of all young people through on and off the job training and support so they are motivated to take ownership and responsibility for their careers, and they are equipped to progress.
  • Youth Voice – Listen to young people. Actively provide opportunities for their voice to be heard within a community or organisation.

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