How access to skills, knowledge and infrastructure can be ensured, to manage the historic environment.

Apprenticeship Reform Workshop

On 15th March 2017, the working group held a workshop on Apprenticeship Reform in the cultural heritage sector. This event came about as a means of addressing barriers surrounding skills development. The group set core aims for the day, which sought to ensure a shared level of knowledge and understanding on changes to apprenticeships, thus reflecting Heritage 2020’s commitment to collaborative working. These aims were:

  1. to update participants on the Apprenticeship Levy and apprenticeship reform in England (including the Trailblazer process)
  2. to share experience and practice in developing new apprenticeship standards
  3. to establish next steps and priorities for the cultural heritage sector

Outcomes from the day included a series of potential next steps, which could include the development of a ‘consortium’, designed to take an overview of both Trailblazer-related activities and Apprenticeship Standards. This would enable the identification of existing strengths to be capitalised on and any gaps that need to be filled. Heritage 2020, as a mechanism for bringing organisations together shall take forward the idea of a consortium through its Capacity Building Working Group. The working group shall discuss this in relation to their key priority, to create a more integrated and focused approach to education, training and continuing development. Heritage 2020 is grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England for their support of the day.

A full summary of the day is available here (pdf).

Samantha Hanna, Department for Education
Engaging with New Apprenticeship Reforms (pdf)

Sara Whybrew, Creative and Cultural Skills
Apprenticeship Reforms in England (pdf)

Barney Sloane, Historic England
Historic England and Apprenticeships (pdf)

The Heritage 2020 Framework document outlines the vision and priorities for collaboration for each working group.