CLOCH trainees are guests at ARA gala dinner

The Gala Dinner at the ARA 2013 Conference celebrated the success of thesecond cohort of Conserving Local Communities Heritage (CLOCH)trainees

leemiller 248 x 126Guest of Honour Professor Aled Jones, Chief Executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales, awarded certificates to  Marcus Edwards, Stephen Assender, Russel Hill and Lee Miller.

Marcus, Stephen, Russel and Lee have completed a 12-month traineeship, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Skills for the Future’ programme, with a range of archive, library and museum services in Southmarcusatconf Wales.

They spent their first three months at Glamorgan Archives getting to grips with four core skills – digitisation, research and local history, community engagement and collection and conservation management. The trainees were then hosted by libraries in Bargoed, Cwmbran, Maesteg and Chepstow and worked towards a Level 2 Certificate in Libraries, Archives and Information Services. The traineeships are a first step into the heritage sector (it is not a graduate programme) and are for young men who are unemployed or have not worked in paid employment in the sector and will help open up the workforce to an under-represented group. At the end of the 12-months it is hoped that the trainees will have the right skills, experience and knowledge to work as a library assistant or search room assistant.

The trainees’ certificates, awarded by the National Librarian,  were signed by John Griffiths AM, Minister for Culture and Sport, recognising the contribution that the traineeships makes to the cultural sector, the skills agenda and to tackling poverty in Wales.

Photographs show Professor Aled Jones presenting the certificates to: top left, Lee, top right Marcus, bottom left Stephen and bottom right Russel.

Photographer Tim Fok for ARA.