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We seek to encourage more diversity in people interacting with heritage and in the heritage workforce © Historic England, Alun Bull, image reference DP174187

Heritage Training Placements 2019

Fancy working in a palace or a castle, looking after precious artefacts or finding ways to get people excited about their local history?

Our summer training placements are a brilliant introduction to some of the skills and experience you’ll need for a career in heritage. We have a whole variety of roles on offer from collections care to visitor operations, from marketing and PR to graphic design. We’re a friendly bunch and you’ll be working with people who are truly passionate about heritage.

These placements form part of our strategy to make sure the heritage workforce properly represents the UK population. In 2017-2018 only 4.4% of the Historic England work force described their ethnicity as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic, set against the UK average of 14% (according to the 2011 census.) We don’t think that that’s right and so are offering training placements for people with BAME heritage. This is in line with the legislation in the Equality Act 2010 which allows us to take positive action to provide training opportunities to tackle under –representation.

It’s important to understand that these are not jobs but short term (8 week) placements which provide training opportunities across a variety of roles in the heritage sector. You will not receive a salary or wage but a training bursary to cover living expenses. Bursaries are £300-£350 per week (depending on location).

You might not think your university course is relevant but you’d be surprised at the range of skills we need. You’ll need to persuade us that you care about heritage though and we’ll be encouraging you to bring your ideas and experiences to help shape our future.

The placements programme is managed and coordinated by Historic England but placements are offered at a range of heritage sector organisations.

Where are the placements?

There are placements available in locations across England.

How to apply

Download the pdf information pack for details of locations, qualifying criteria and how to apply.

Complete the application form and send it to the right email address.

You may apply for more than one placement but please note that we cannot pay expenses to travel to interviews. You must complete an application form for each placement you are interested in.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 24 May 2019 with the exception of the placement at the Council for British Archaeology (Placement no. 22 in the information pack) which must be received by 5pm on 17 May 2019.

Background information

Positive action is one of the Government’s range of measures aimed at ending discrimination in the workplace under the Equality Act 2010 (Section 158). It enables employers to use training programmes to address underrepresentation of particular groups. In March 2016 the Government published the Culture White Paper and challenged Historic England and other nationally funded cultural organisations to develop and share strategies for improving workforce diversity. This scheme is part of our workforce diversity strategy and is in its fourth year. The placements programme is managed and coordinated by Historic England but placements are offered at a range of heritage sector organisations.

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