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

  • By 2020 we will have agreed and, where required, begun to implement a new sustainable model for delivering local historic environment advice, supported by better and more accessible Historic Environment Records.
  • Better skills and qualified heritage practitioners and craftspeople will have greater access to continuing professional development and workplace learning. Employers will see workforce development as an everyday responsibility and business need and be supported to do so.
  • Approaches to training will be based on a good understanding of need across the sector and amongst owners and developers. Practitioners will be cross-disciplinary and, with elected members and other decision-takers, will be less risk-averse, showing more confidence in their judgements and a greater willingness to be innovative.
  • Advice, guidance and training for the independent heritage sector will be improved. An increasingly effective civil society will be able to take action at national and local level.
  • Owners will have access to better understanding to fulfill their central part in managing heritage, be more confident in their rights and responsibilities, understand the long term benefit of employing skilled contractors and feel more confident in commissioning professional advice.