Skills for the Future - Cohort 3 projects announced

Skills for the Future – Cohort 3 projects awarded second round funding

Congratulations to all of the Skills for the Future projects who have been awarded a second round pass.

In February 2017, the Skills for the Future Delegated Decision Panel approved first round awards to 18 Skills for the Future projects, investing £10.1 million to deliver over 400 long-term high-quality paid traineeships across the UK. Following the submission of detailed training plans, Trustees have awarded a second round pass to all 18 projects who will now move into their delivery phase.

The training plans represent six months of intense work by the project leads and their partners to develop high quality training programmes and targeted recruitment strategies that will support the diversification of the heritage workforce. We look forward to seeing these plans put into action over the coming years and the impact that Skills for the Future projects will have on individual trainees and on the heritage sector.

The successful projects are:

Blyth Tall Ship - Traineeships in a working heritage shipyard. A project based in the North East of England focusing on traditional shipwrighting skills with 36 placements aimed at local young people and women.

Boiler Engineering Skills Training Trust - Extending syllabus based training across the heritage steam sectors and widening their recruitment. 16 placements across the UK to develop historical mechanical engineering skills with emphasis on attracting trainees from areas of high unemployment and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service – Transforming People to Transform Museums. With a focus on skills which will enhance audience development, community engagement and visitor services, 27 placements will be available for young people with few formal qualifications.

Creative & Cultural Skills (Wales) - Uchelgais Diwylliannol / Cultural Ambition: Diversifying the heritage workforce through collaboration, opportunity and skills. A Wales-based project creating 33 placements to develop skills in heritage collections care, digital interpretation and heritage operations aimed at 18-24 year olds from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Culture& - The New Museum School. 34 placements within London-based organisations will deliver skills training in conservation, collections management; digitisation and engaging new audiences, to young people and particularly people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities or disabled people.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust - Working for Nature - Natural Heritage Skills for the Future. A project based in the East Midlands and Yorkshire providing 24 placements in skills relating to flood risk mitigation, land management for pollinators, health & wellbeing and digital skills. At least a third of these trainees will be from under-represented audiences while two-thirds will be non-graduates.

Dry Stone Walling Association - National Training bursary project. 8 young people from lower socio-economic groups will be trained in dry stone walling through placements based across the UK.

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways – Heritage Skills Trainee Programme. A project based in North Wales which will focus on providing 20 placements in mechanical engineering, joinery and interpretation, aimed at young people, women and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

Lincolnshire County Council – Historic Environment Skills. 21 young people with few formal qualifications will be targeted in Lincoln focusing on traditional building skills, archaeology and public engagement.

Museums Galleries Scotland – Skills for Success. A Scottish-based project providing 22 placements in collections skills, digital, audience development and volunteer management aimed at disabled people, people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities or from a lower socio-economic background.

National Historic Ships Committee - Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership 2 (SHTP 2). 16 placements across England and Scotland to provide skills to young people, those from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background and women in how to interpret, operate and maintain historic vessels.

Next Step Initiative - The Ethnic Minority Career Museum and built environment heritage programme. A Scottish based project delivering 16 placements and targeting black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in conservation skills, collection handling, digitisation, outreach and community engagement.

South West Wildlife Trusts - Wild Paths - new careers in nature conservation. A project providing 30 placements in the South West of England to deliver skills training to young people in species identification, surveying, hedge laying and coppicing.

The British Museum – Museum Futures. 27 placements across the UK focusing on developing digital skills to young people from diverse and under-represented groups.

The National Archives - Transforming Archives: Bridging the Digital Gap. An England-wide project providing 24 placements in digital archive skills focusing on those who are under-represented in the sector including people with long-term health conditions, men and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country – Natural Prospects. A project based in the West Midlands which will provide 24 placements targeting those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities or lower socio-economic background in skills to do practical land management and community engagement.

Trees For Life – Skills for Rewilding. A Scottish based project with a focus on skills for tree propagation, landscape management, ecological monitoring and engaging communities. 15 placements will be created and targeted at local young people, older career changers and women.

Ulster Wildlife Trust – Nature Skills NI. Based in Northern Ireland, 21 placements will be created to develop skills in environmental conservation and aimed at disabled people, young people and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.


Submitted by emma.stagg@hlf… (not verified) on Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:43


I've also created a map that identifies  where traineeships will be hosted by heritage organisations across the UK here More traineeships will be added as projects are delivered.

Best wishes,


Lots of new traineeship opportunities added to the map today - including Museums Galleries Scotland's Skills for Success traineeships and the South West Wildlife Trust's Wild Paths traineeships.

I've added weblinks to application forms to the locations of individual placement providers. 

Get in touch if you'd like me to update the map with other Skills for the Future traineeship opportunities.