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.

Public Relations and Communications Apprentices Liberty and Rebecca

Find out from our apprentices what it's like to work with our communications team.

Find out about Liberty and Rebecca's apprenticeships

Meet Michael Clarke, Listing and Casework Apprentice

In 2022, we asked Michael Clarke, a Listing and Casework Apprentice about his role and his experiences of working at Historic England. Michael's apprenticeship is generously funded by Benefact Trust.

Find out about Michael's apprenticeship

Meet Josie Parry, Listing Assistant Apprentice

In 2022, we asked Josie Parry, Listing Assistant Apprentice about her role and her experiences working for Historic England. Josie's apprenticeship was generously funded by Benefact Trust.

Find out about Josie's apprenticeship

Meet Andrew Addison, Heritage Building Skills Programme Roofing Apprentice

We asked Andrew Addison - Heritage Building Skills Programme Roofing Apprentice - some questions about his role and about his experiences as an apprentice.

Find out about Andrew's apprenticeship

Meet Emi Putnam, Historic Environment Advice Assistant Apprentice

Watch a video about the wonderful experiences it has brought and the advantages for both her employer and her future career.

Watch Emi's video

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: this programme was called The Hamish Ogston Foundation Heritage Building Skills Programme until October 2023.

Find out more about Pinnacle Conservation

John Laing Photographic Collection - Breaking New Ground Trainee Programme

Trainees Elizabete Kozlovska, Carrie Marks and Rachel Stokes share their experiences from the programme.

Watch Elizabete and Carrie's video

Current Opportunities

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

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