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National Infrastructure Development and Capacity 2015-33: An Assessment

Front cover for National Infrastructure Development and Capacity 2015-33: An Assessment

By Bob Hook, Duncan Brown, Owain Lloyd James, Roger Thomas, Jim Williams

Historic England carried out this assessment in response to concerns in the historic environment sector over the capacity of the existing workforce to meet the needs of proposed major infrastructure projects. There are more than 40 such major projects planned across the UK over the next 17 years including HS2, Crossrail 2 and major road upgrades.

  • The report provides a factual evidence base for estimates of existing capacity in the sector and a model for predicting the likely workforce demands of the proposed projects
  • It concludes that the sector is already working at or near capacity as evidenced by existing skills shortages.There will not be enough trained archaeologists to do excavations and other investigations required on future major infrastructure projects unless action is taken
  • It proposes a number of actions and initiatives to meet or mitigate the predicted future workforce need. These include archaeology field schools, apprenticeships and vocational training which can offer potential new routes into the profession
  • It stresses that concerted action is needed across the sector with Historic England and other organisations working in partnership



  1. Introduction
  2. Context
  3. Skills issues: perceptions and evidence of skills shortages and gaps
  4. Capacity issues in archaeological advice
  5. Potential responses for sector
  6. Recommendations
  7. Links and further reading

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 42


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