The IHBC’s popular and free MATE seminars – our ‘Membership Application Training Events’, that support CPD-linked applications for IHBC accreditation – have taken another step forward in the private sector as IHBC officers Kate Kendall and Fiona Newton offered staff and colleagues at EDP detailed guidance on membership applications, on site in EDP’s own offices.
Eddy Stafford of EDP said: ‘This was an excellent seminar that provided valuable advice and guidance on the application process to EDP’s Heritage team, specifically tailored to the needs of private sector applicants. We now all have a greater understanding of the approach to case studies to demonstrate our conservation competences and the confidence to submit applications for full membership.’
Fiona said: ‘The Team at EDP were mostly IHBC Affiliates already, so we hope this event has helped make them ready to take the next step to Associate or Full Membership. We are continuing to reach out to potential private sector applicants and help them with their specific queries about the membership process.’
Kate said: ‘Our private-sector sessions are modelled on our well-respected, Branch-led training events, but are also tailored to the primary needs of the private-sector delegates, whatever their specialist backgrounds. Designed to introduce the thinking and process to anyone keen to find out more about the IHBC’s distinctive approach to accreditation, they consist of an introductory talk and mentored exercises. These help attendees feel more comfortable with a process that is for many – as we know from our substantial experience here – a challenging and valuable new CPD-experience in its own right, even for those that don’t go on to apply.’
‘Each group we work with usually has its own specific priorities and concerns, and at EDP hopefully we were able to show that IHBC membership is not just for public sector conservation officers, and demonstrate how the skills sets of private sector colleagues in heritage planning can be a great fit for quality assurance and accreditation by the IHBC. Indeed, more than half of the IHBC membership body is already made up of private sector conservation professionals’.
‘And although our title focuses on ‘Building Conservation’, we welcome practitioners from all disciplines and backgrounds. Indeed, our constitution marks us out as one of the earliest heritage bodies to specify the ‘historic environment’ as our primary concern – not just buildings or heritage ‘things’. This means we focus on any historic place as an holistic resource, all in a way that is entirely compatible with planning perspectives and skills sets.’
The IHBC is keen to continue to develop the sessions with other private sector practices, under Kate’s guidance, so if you are interested, please get in touch Kate at: LETS@ihbc.org.uk for more information on training opportunities