July and August were busy months for Training Coordinator, Tara-Jane Sutcliffe, who was on the recruitment trail, working with colleagues throughout the heritage sector and across the UK to establish Community Archaeology training opportunities. The host organisations in this round of placements comprise a range of heritage bodies, including Local Authorities, National Parks, museums, educational charities and commercial units.
As well as training future Community Archaeologists, the scheme aims to enhance the capacity of the sector to share best practice and to demonstrate the value of heritage skills to modern life. With this round of placements the project is able to extend its geographical reach into south-west England, across Mid Wales and the North of England. The new host organisations and their trainees will be supporting a range of communities, from those city-based to those in dispersed rural communities, encouraging and enabling more people, especially the young and ‘hard to read’ groups, to participate in archaeology.
Competition was again high with over 600 applications across the suite of 13 placements and it was a pleasure to interview such a strong field of enthusiastic candidates. The successful applicants bring to their new roles a diversity of experience in the heritage sector and demonstrate aptitude for public engagement and volunteer management. With the guidance of supervisors and mentors, we look forward to supporting trainees as they take forward the CBA’s vision of archaeology for all!