We aimed to help close the gap in in the heritage sector between employment opportunities and the skills needed
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Skills for the Future was initially a two-year project. However, because of the project’s success it was fortunate enough to gain an extra two years’ funding, enabling it to become a four-year project.
The aim of the project was to close the gap in the heritage sector between employment opportunities and the skills needed to fill these roles. Often people have the suitable qualifications but no ‘on the job’ training or experience. This project helped its trainees to create an all-round portfolio, enabling them to be able to apply with confidence for jobs in the heritage sector.
18 trainees have now completed their one-year traineeships with various host organisations around Peterborough, where they received full training plans and plenty of experience. The hosts included Peterborough City Council, The Wildlife Trusts, Sacrewell, Burghley House, Nene Park Trust, Vivacity and PECT and the diverse roles comprised Trainee Tree Officer, Trainee Wildlife Officer, Trainee Gardener, Trainee Forester, Trainee Ranger, Trainee Heritage Officer and Trainee Forest Officer.