Engaging with apprenticeships and skills delivery in England - Historic England research

Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment. The support they give to others in the sector is a core part of their work, and as such ‘build/develop sector capacity and capability to make the most of the historic environment’ is a key activity in their current corporate plan. 

Historic England have commissioned MSDS Heritage to undertake research to help inform their strategic approach towards engaging with apprenticeships and opportunities for skills delivery programmes. The project is being undertaken by Alison James and Aisling Nash from MSDS Heritage, with further support from Jenny Kent.

Historic England currently advocates a three-tiered model for employability and skills development (‘Prepare’, Enter’, Sustain’); focused on work-based learning. However, they are at a stage where they need to make decisions about what Historic England’s role should be going forward with regards to implementation of this model.

This project is the opportunity for the heritage sector to provide feedback on the apprenticeship system in England and their engagement with it to help inform future approaches to skills challenges within the heritage sector.

Two surveys have been created one aimed at senior managers and employers and one aimed at early career heritage professionals. They are both available online and will run until mid-February 2023. Please would you be able to share these with your members and contacts?

Employers Survey: https://forms.office.com/e/B44LrH1Ymj

Early Careers Survey: https://forms.office.com/e/k95iti0g4j

We will also be conducting 1 to 1 interviews online in early 2023 and there is an opportunity at the end of the survey for participants to indicate if they would like to take part. Interviews will explore answers to this survey in greater depth and will allow people to elaborate on their views to the future role Historic England should take to engagement with apprenticeships.