HES Traineeships


Historic Environment Skills (HES) has been running since 2018 and has so far had eleven individuals begin placements in a range of skills essential in caring for and preserving the historic environment!

The idea behind the project is that there is a skills shortage in heritage skills, with not enough people learning how to care for our built heritage. Older buildings require specialist care and in recent years, skilled craftspeople have not necessarily had the opportunity to train the next generation of crafters and conservators. HES hopes to change that and with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Skills for the Future grant, we are helping organisations train those future master builders.

As of Autumn 2019, we have had trainees in Stone Masonry, Joinery, Archaeology, Buildings Trust Preservation Management in placements at Lincoln Cathedral and Heritage Lincolnshire. We have also had five new trainees begin this summer, specialising in Heritage Joinery at Jericho Joinery, Slate Roofing and Heritage Plastering at Messenger BCR and Historic Building Conservation with Millstone Restoration. We have also had as one Historic Environment Advice Assistant begin an apprenticeship with Lincolnshire County Council's Historic Places team.

Two of our Archaeology trainees finished their twelve month placements in September 2019 and both have chosen to stay in archaeology based careers. We have also celebrated achievements and promoted our trainees' new skills in events to the wider community. You can meet the trainees at many of these events and also learn more about what a career in heritage entails.

Between 2018 and 2022, the project hopes to equip 20 interested people with the skills needed to protect and maintain our rich historic environment in future years. If you are a young person looking to begin a career in the built heritage sector or someone looking to change careers, these might be the opportunities for you!

Current Recruitment

We have put the next round of recruitment on hold due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We are monitoring the situation and will hopefully be able to recruit again soon.

Please watch this space for news about our trainees, recruitment and future taster sessions; you can email [email protected] for more information.  

Trainee Interview 2019