Skills For The Future

Thanks to further funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Peterborough Environment City Trust project, Skills for the Future, will continue to run offering more opportunities for trainees to step into a placement which could then further in a career in environmental and heritage conservation.

The Skills for the Future project offers work-based training in a wide range of heritage conservation skills. These skills are needed to look after buildings, landscapes, habitats, species, and museum and archive collections. Its focus is on vocational learning, helping meet the skills shortages identified by heritage bodies, and encouraging trainees from all walks of life. Trainees will learn how to get schools and communities involved with their heritage, bringing heritage sites and collections alive for the next generation.

The project was initially set up in 2011 after receiving an initial fund from HLF of £182,100. This enabled PECT to arrange 5 initial placements and a further 4 placements the following year which included a Gardener at Burghley House, a Built Heritage Officer for Peterborough City Council, a Trainee Ranger for the Nene Park Trust, a Cultural Services Officer at Peterborough Museum and a Wildlife Officer for the Wildlife Trust. All 5 trainees in the first year gained the confidence and experience to go on and find permanent employment.

PECT has received a further £355,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to run the project for another 2 years which enables them to offer a further 9 placements. For more information please contact Karen Lawrence on 01733 866441 or email