Bridging the Digital Gap technical traineeships

The Bridging the Digital Gap programme is offering eight paid technicaltraineeships funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and managed byThe National Archives. The paid, 15-month technical traineeships are basedin London and the South West.  Apply now.

Web2Together with The National Archives UK (and formerly with the Scottish Council on Archives), the ARA has partnered in three Skills for the Future projects which aim to improve the diversity of the profession. The current project is the ‘Bridging the Digital Gap’ programme in England.

The Bridging the Digital Gap programme is offering eight paid technical traineeships funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and managed by The National Archives. The paid, 15-month technical traineeships are based in London and the South West.

If you know of someone with technical or digital skills who would like to join a growing part of the archive sector, please introduce them to these traineeship opportunities. Applications close on 30th September 2020.

Bridging the Digital Gap Programme:

  • Do you enjoy working with technology and digital systems at college, or at your job or voluntary work?
  • Are you looking for a challenging development opportunity with a digital focus?
  • Would you like supportive on-the-job training and to do real work in a rapidly developing area for the archive sector?

The Bridging the Digital Gap programme aims to increase digital skills in archives by bringing new talent into the sector to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. The National Archives (UK) is funding a traineeship at eight institutions in London and the South West, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

We are looking for eight talented technical people to use their skills, energy and digital confidence to help preserve history and find new ways for people to access and learn from that heritage.

Archives are collections of records in all media that provide us a wealth of information about people, places and institutions. Archives allow us to explore our collective and individual identities and have an impact across society. It is crucial that they are preserved to keep the past alive for future generations.

The archives of today are digital rather than on paper, and so this is an exciting time for people with technical skills to join the archives sector. Starting in January 2021, trainees will spend 15 months working on real-life projects, learning on the job and gaining valuable and rewarding work experience at their host institution. Trainees will also have access to specialist training and development workshops, covering digital capture, digital preservation, and digital access and engagement. Trainees will regularly meet up and share learning, either in person or online, while they develop key skills to prepare them for exciting careers in the heritage sector.

Trainees will be employed by The National Archives (UK). The eight traineeships will run January 2021-March 2022 at these institutions:

E-Preservation West Consortium

  • Dorset History Centre
  • Gloucestershire Archives
  • South West Heritage Trust (Devon/Somerset)
  • Warwickshire County Record Office

Social Advocacy Consortium

  • Amnesty International, International Secretariat, London
  • The Guardian Foundation, London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • University of Bristol

Applications must be submitted by 30th September 2020. For further information and to apply, please click here.