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

Priorities for collaboration

The key priorities that were identified for collaborative action by the sector, working together are:

  • A sustainable model for Local Planning Authority (LPA) conservation and archaeology services.
  • Better support for the independent heritage sector.
  • A more integrated and focused approach to education, training and continuing development of heritage professionals.
  • Increasing the uptake of training and qualifications among the skilled and semi-skilled working in the sector.
  • Creating demand.

The working group has reviewed sector activity against these priorities and has focussed on two areas for which it will develop actions for 2016-17. The wider ‘activity log’ will be monitored regularly and it is intended that it will be added to these pages so that others in the sector can see the issues and activities that have been identified, and add their knowledge of other activities or opportunities for collaborative working.

Priorities for 2016-17

1. Develop a statement that outlines core service provision by Local Authorities with respect to the Historic Environment as part of work to address the need for a sustainable model for local authority conservation and archaeology services.

2. Develop an integrated approach to the education, training and continuing development of heritage professionals – initially through a focus on the new Apprenticeship landscape.