Paid Traineeship for 1 year in Technical Conservation

This Traineeship opportunity will be divided into two main elements; a ‘Taster’ phase during which the trainee will gain exposure to a wide range of roles within technical conservation, followed by an ‘in-depth’ phase, when they will be able to spend a longer period with the team of their choice, to gain a realistic work-place experience.

Location: Historic Environment Scotland – Engine Shed, Stirling

Duration: May 2019-April 2020

Entitled to: Training Bursary Grant of £13,500 (tax free)

Portfolio: Historic Environment Scotland Certificate in recognition of on-site traineeship completion.

Application closing date: 6th May 2019

Interviews: 14th May 2019

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About the programme

This traineeship is one of 6 offered this year through the Next Step Initiative ‘’Ethnic Minority Career Museum and Built Environment Heritage Programme’’ across Scotland, supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s National Skills for the Future Initiative.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have one remaining Technical Conservation Skills Traineeships as part of the above programme, to enable young people from the African and Caribbean/Ethnic Minority background to gain insight and experience of a wide range of technical conservation skills within the HES Conservation Directorate. Trainees will have the opportunity to learn about building conservation by working with multiple teams in Stirling.


Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body in Scotland charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic and built environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.

The Conservation Directorate is responsible for the practical conservation of our 336 sites which include Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, with specialist teams spread across the country.

The directorate also leads on technical research and traditional building skills and materials.

In recent years this has become the focus for traditional building and sustainability issues for Scottish Government.

Within the Conservation Directorate the Technical Education & Training Unit is responsible for a wide range of training activities; craft apprenticeships, traineeships, fellowships and post-graduate study, as well as the dissemination of the results of technical research and activities to raise the profile of traditional skills and materials, through printed and digital resources and events such as seminars, conferences and traditional skills tasters. The team is also responsible for the development and delivery of the content of the Engine Shed, including interpretation plans for the exhibition spaces and a Virtual Learning Environment.

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