England’s Trailblazer apprenticeship sector consultation for the Level 7 Historic Environment Advisor (professional) is open until 22 March, and the IHBC Chair James Caird has called on employers – especially IHBC HESPR members that understand the special skills that distinguish conservation practice from generic heritage activities – ‘in particular to respond to the question relating to the preference for a single or core and options standard’.
IHBC Chair James Caird said: ‘This apprenticeship is designed to be used in public, private and third sectors, and as always, the input of yourself and your organisations is vital: I’d be grateful if you could share the link with your networks as widely as possible.’
‘The IHBC has been a member of the ‘Trailblazer’ Apprenticeship Group facilitated by Historic England which has approved this Level 7 Standard for consultation. However, we have expressed our concerns that the Apprenticeship Standard conflates archaeological and conservation duties with the risk that the standard fails to lead towards a professional qualification in either discipline.
‘Instead of a single standard we have been promoting a ‘Core and Options’ approach which would allow an element of generic training but then allow the apprentice to choose an archaeology or conservation specialism to enable a more in-depth development of skills to meet the needs of employers and gain an appropriate professional qualification.’
‘If, as an employer you are thinking of taking on apprentices, or the organisation for which you work might be considering doing the same, please take some time to respond to the consultation, and in particular address the question relating to the preference for a single or core and options standard’.