30 September 2020


£14,150 - £17,888

Fixed Term

Bridging the Digital Gap Programme: eight paid, 15-month technical traineeships in London and the South West

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 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.


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