HE consults on ‘Assistant Historic Environment Advisor’ Apprenticeship Standard – call for comment by 8 July

peopleHistoric England seeks responses on the development of a new standard for apprentices working as ‘Assistant Historic Environment Advisors’, closing 8 July.

David McDonald, IHBC President and member of the Trailblazer Working Group said: ‘I have been representing the IHBC on Historic England’s Trailblazer Working Group. As you can see, this Level 4 Apprenticeship is of a generic nature and potentially covers a wide range of roles in the historic environment sector. In terms of the level of skill that it represents, it approximates to that of planning technician.’

‘The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) is keen to receive feedback and I would urge you to complete the Survey Monkey questionnaire. If you are not in a position to employ an apprentice yourself, you might want to share the details of the apprenticeship standard with your manager and ask them to submit the questionnaire. In providing feedback, there are two issues to which particularly I’d like to draw your attention.’

‘First, does this level of apprenticeship meet your needs and appropriate for your organisation? Second, how should this apprenticeship relate to the proposed Level 7 (Graduate) Apprenticeship which is still under discussion?’

‘Apprenticeships are likely to become an increasingly used way of attracting staff to all parts of the economy, and it is important that we get the standards right to meet the needs of employers.’

Historic England writes:

Historic England and sector partners, working together as an apprenticeships ‘Trailblazer’ group, are developing a new standard for apprentices working as ‘Assistant Historic Environment Advisors’. Approved standards are needed if the sector is to take advantage of the opportunity of funding to train the next generation of sector practitioners through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Typically this standard will used to train those working in roles such as: Heritage at Risk Projects Officer; Built Heritage Assistant; Listing Coordinator; Designation Coordinator; Assistant Conservation Officer; Assistant Heritage Consultant; Assistant Historic Environment Officer; Assistant Historic Buildings Officer; Associate Heritage Consultant; and Assistant Archaeological Advisor. Apprentices working to this standard will be providing technical, research and logistical support to historic environment professionals working on heritage assets.

The Trailblazer group is now consulting on the draft standard, and comments from HERForum members and/or their host organisations will be very welcome. Your comments will help the Trailblazer group to finalise the standard and to gather support for its approval by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

See the detailed background to the purpose and context of the standard.

(The standard itself is on pages 5-9. It sets out the deities, knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary for the apprentice to complete their apprenticeship.)

A survey questionnaire is open till July 8.

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