English Heritage (EH) has announced that it will be investing its new funding in its own three-year graduate training schemes to help meet the challenges faced in the historic built environment.
Following the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, published at the start of the month, EH was handed an extra £11 million over the next three years, which it will invest in traineeships in historic buildings, archaeology and other historic-environment roles in the hope that graduates of the programme will find work and lend their expertise to local authorities.
EH launched the sixth annual Heritage Counts survey, which revealed that the historic environment is in desperate need of skilled crafts people, and that there has been a 13 per cent drop over the last two years in apprentices in such crafts.
EH chief executive Simon Thurley said: ‘The message from this year’s Heritage Counts on skills is clear. There are a lot of really positive things happening on the ground, but the sector could, and indeed must, do a lot better.’
Thurley added that the need for people with heritage skills is essential to tackle the main challenges facing the heritage environment, such as erosion of conservation areas, dealing with buildings at risk, and climate change.