£10m skills boost for heritage careers

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National Lottery investment will address critical skills shortages and help remove barriers to employment

A £10m fund to train the next generation of heritage craftspeople, specialists and entrepreneurs was unveiled today by Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Skills for the Future funding will have a particular focus on people who might not have previously considered a career in heritage because of a lack of paid training opportunities.  It will address a shortage of skills in building conservation and the preservation of landscapes, species, industrial heritage and museum and archive collections, as well as public engagement and business skills.

Speaking at the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Conference in Edinburgh, Sir Peter Luff said:

“In order to thrive, our heritage needs ongoing investment in training – and a heritage workforce that reflects our population. The Skills for the Future programme puts novices together with experts, helping…

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