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Cross sector professionals celebrate skills for the future

On Thursday 26th June 2014, colleagues from across the UK heritage sector came together for a Graduation event in York, organised by the Council for British Archaeology to celebrate the achievements of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project

CBA Director, Mike Heyworth, with graduates of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project

CBA Director, Mike Heyworth, with graduates of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project 

The Community Archaeology Bursaries Project has been underway for the past three years and is now drawing to a close with the fifth and final cohort of trainees completing their vocational training placements in September 2014. Managed by the Council for British Archaeology, this successful project has taken forward the organisation's vision of archaeology for all by supporting voluntary sector engagement. 

The Graduation provided occasion to commend the support of supervisors and mentors as well as the advice and guidance received from the Project Board. Underpinning the success of the Bursaries Project has been the high level of cross-sector collaboration. This is a message that CBA Director, Mike Heyworth, reinforced, with the need to sustain partnership working into the future. Kate Geary, Standards Development Manager at the Institute for Archaeologists, highlighted the positive role of former bursary-holders as ambassadors of work-based training as an immediate legacy of the project. 

A convivial afternoon exchanging experiences with nibbles and a glass of wine

The event was held at All Saints Church, North Street, York, and well attended by representatives from a range of organisations from England, Scotland and Wales. Staff from the Council for British Archaeology were joined by placement hosts and supervisors as well as senior professionals from across the heritage sector and a convivial afternoon was spent exchanging experiences and looking to the future. Evaluation has been ongoing throughout the life of the project and reporting will take place in autumn 2014.

Senior professionals from across the heritage sector join the CBA to celebrate skills for the future

Members of the Project Board representating English Heritage, Council for British Archaeology, Institute for Archaeologists, Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust and RCAHMS

On the theme of skills for the future, by happy coincidence York Archaeological Trust are currently undertaking training excavations at All Saints Church and Graduation attendees were delighted to visit some real live (!) archaeology.

Training excavation underway at All Saints' Church, North Street, York

Archaeology Live! Training excavations led by York Archaeological Trust at the site of the former church hall at All Saints Church, North Street, York

Bursary-holders are already lining up positions for when their placements finish, demonstrating the success of their training. The Council for British Archaeology and project partners wish all 51 trainees the very best for their future careers!

 

For any questions about the Bursaries Project, please contact tara-janesutcliffe@archaeologyuk.org

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