Heritage skills for the future

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), we have developed a programme of paid training placements. They target people who are looking to gain work in the heritage sector.

The year-long paid training placements offer the chance to gain a wide range of hands-on heritage experience. It also offers the chance to be equipped with workplace and personal development skills.

Trainees are involved in a range of internal projects as well as working alongside Stockport’s many voluntary led heritage groups. The placements being run for 2015/16 include:

  • Conservation Management - covering best practice for historic building conservation, engaging with communities and how to apply legislation, planning and related strategies to conservation management.
  • Libraries and Archives- building skills in collections management, classification and retrieval, and enquiry handling.
  • Museums Collections Management - giving the trainees opportunities to gain skills such as caring for and managing museum’s collections, conserving objects and interpreting collections. As well as a broad range of practical skills to correctly display, exhibit and interpret museum collections.

A Collections Management Trainee said: “I can’t recommend the programme enough to future applicants. You will learn on-the-job skills as and when real issues arise and various projects happen. I feel totally employable now for a collections role. This is purely because this year has filled the gaps in my collections management experiences.”