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Digital Archives Traineeships from The National Archives

Do you enjoy working with technology and digital systems at college, or at your job or voluntary work?

  • Are you looking for a challenging development opportunity with a digital focus?
  • Would you like supportive on-the-job training and to do real work in a rapidly developing area for the archive sector?

This is an exciting time for people with technical skills to join the archives sector. The archives of today are on hard drives, not paper. But digital assets are surprisingly fragile. New approaches and technical people are needed to capture and preserve these vital items for the future.

The Bridging the Digital Gap programme aims to increase digital skills in archives by bringing in new people from different backgrounds to create a more diverse, inclusive, and skilled workforce. Through the programme, The National Archives is funding a traineeship at eight institutions in London and the South West, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

For these 15-month, paid traineeships, we are looking for talented technical people to use their skills, energy and digital confidence to help preserve our history and find new ways for people to access and learn from that heritage.

Archives are collections of records in all media that provide a wealth of information about people, places and institutions. Archives allow us to explore our collective and individual identities. They have an impact across society. It is crucial that they are preserved to keep the past alive for future generations.

Starting in January 2021, Bridging the Digital Gap trainees will spend 15 months working on real-life projects, learning on the job and gaining valuable and rewarding work experience at their host institution. Trainees will also have access to specialist training and development workshops, covering digital capture, digital preservation, and digital access and engagement. Trainees will regularly meet up and share learning, either in person or online, while they develop key skills to prepare them for exciting careers in the heritage sector.

For more information about the Bridging the Digital Gap programme and to apply for a traineeship, go to:

Person specification

Essential competences:

  • Interest in and experience with using digital technology
  • Good communication skills; comfortable with listening to, understanding and sharing information
  • Good people skills; enjoy working alongside and engaging other people 
  • Good problem solving skills; able to identify problems and work with others to resolve them
  • Good organisational and time management skills


To submit an application, you must fulfil one of the following two essential criteria:

1. A level(s) or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) in science, maths, computing or other technical subject(s) (e.g., level 3 award, certificate, diploma, NVQ, etc.)
2. Demonstrable experience in using technical skills in the workplace or voluntary activity

Digital Archives Traineeships from The National Archives

West Midlands
Exeter, UK
South West England
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
Alternative Courses/Degrees, Traineeships
££15,000 - £20,000

Published on 30 Sep 2020