Community Archaeology Bursaries Project
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) Community Archaeology Bursaries Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Skills for the Future programme, with additional support from English Heritage, Cadw and Historic Scotland. The project is enabling the CBA to offer year-long workplace learning bursaries designed to equip would-be community archaeologists with the skills, experience and confidence to work with voluntary groups and communities.
- To equip individuals with the skills to work effectively in community archaeology
- To enhance the capacity of the heritage sector to deliver sustainable training and share good practice
- To demonstrate the value of heritage skills to modern life
Bursary holders learn by directly working with line managers, training providers and mentors at their host organisations in order to acquire the skills needed to run and support effective community archaeology projects.
The skills being acquired and developed are the kind of ‘soft’ or intangible skills that are needed when working with the voluntary sector and young people in particular. These include:
- Interpersonal skills, for example: social skills, empathy, listening skills and coping with authority
- Organisational skills, such as: personal organisation, and the ability to order and prioritise
- Analytical skills, such as: the ability to exercise judgement, manage time or solve problems
- Personal skills, for example: insight, motivation, confidence, reliability and health awareness
Placements are structured and monitored with an Independent Learning Agreement; this sets out SMART objectives for the year and is driven by the needs of the individual and the opportunities available within the host organisation. Reflective learning is reinforced throughout the placement with completion of monthly journals, an ongoing learning log and submission of a portfolio of the trainee's work for the NVQ in Archaeological Practice.
Executed in five cohorts over a three-year period, the project is providing a total of 51 paid bursary placements; of these, half have a specific focus on developing ‘youth-engagement’.
Placements are hosted by strategically identified heritage organisations across the UK that have existing experience of delivering strong and effective community archaeology programmes.
Current and previous hosts comprise a range of organisations and include:
- Archaeological and Heritage Trusts
- Commercial units
- Local and National Park authorities
- University departments
- National museums
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