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May 2018

ATF Annual Summary for 2017-18 published
The review of activities of the Forum and its members is now available. As well as a brief summary of the main achievements for the year, the report contains an annex with details of progress on the key themes and priorities of the Forum, and with links to many useful training-related web resources.

April 2018

Historic England win 2018 Training Award
The ATF Training Award recognises excellence in training, learning and professional development. It is open to organisations and individuals in both the paid and voluntary sectors and aims to promote the value of training to the discipline as a whole.

The 2018 Award was presented at the CIfA Conference wine reception. The winner was Historic England’s Specialist Workplace Learning Programme 2002-2018. In partnership with CIfA, this 16-year capacity-building programme has delivered 56 paid, structured work-based training placements in specialist fields across the sector, and has helped embed the work-based training model in our sector.  Trainees have gone in to work in key roles and are themselves now advocates for high standards of training.

Christopher Dore of the US Register of Professional Archaeologists (centre) presented the 2018 Award to archaeological consultant Andrea Bradley and Phil Pollard of Historic England.

The Headland Archaeology Modular Training scheme, which was Highly Commended, is an innovative approach to meeting the varied training needs of a growing commercial organisation working across the country. The judges felt that the use of on-line learning modules alongside practical experience provided training that staff at all levels could easily access.

Both organisations demonstrated in their training schemes the commitment to develop skills and provide experience that would support trainees in their future careers.

This is the seventh year that the ATF has presented its Training Award at the CIfA Conference, with previous winners including Allen Archaeology, Cotswold Archaeology, BAJR, the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project the Thames Discovery Programme and the Nautical Archaeology Society.  More details about the projects can be found on the ATF website  ATF is keen to publicise and promote good practice in training, learning and professional development so, if you’re involved in a training scheme that you’d like to enter for next year’s award visit the website for more details and look out for the call for nominations in early 2019.ATF LogoApril 2018

Scottish Skills and Training Event videos go online
Thirteen YouTube videos are now available as a playlist, recording presentations made at the recent skills and training event convened by Historic Environment Scotland, and a summary of the proceedings has been uploaded to the ATF website.

The event brought practitioners from the sector together with educators and others to consider the current skills and training landscape in Scotland, and to forge links to improve opportunities, especially for early career professionals. See the HES blog of the event to find out more.ATF LogoApril 2017

2017 Training Award goes to Allen Archaeology
Allen Archaeology based in Lincoln have won this year’s Archaeology Training Forum Award for their career entry training programme. The initiative allows trainees – from graduates to school leavers – to spend 3 months in a structured learning programme linked to the National Occupational Standards. The programme gives local applicants a chance to learn the ropes, and those who have gone through the training are now working as archaeologist and have enhanced career prospects.

As last year, the quality of entrants for the Award was so high, the judges decided to give a Highly Commended recognition to Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service for their early careers training leading towards NVQ Level 3.

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