Historic Environment Advice Assistant Apprentice Higher Level 4- Manchester

Historic England

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£16,600, 27-month F/T contract plus benefits

Location: Manchester


We are the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. We champion historic places, helping people understand value and care for them.


We are excited to share with you a great opportunity to complete a Historic Environment Advice Assistant Apprenticeship (HEAA) over the course of 27 months at Historic England. We are recruiting for one HEAA apprentice in each of our six regional offices (Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, London, York) to commence September 2019.


What will you be doing?


You will be helping to support the Regions teams as they research, visit, and assess the condition of a range of historic places including buildings, landscapes and archaeological remains. You will assist the work of colleagues providing direct advice and recommendations to internal teams, external partners in the public and private sector and members of the public who own, live in and use historic places to protect them for future generations. Your apprenticeship will be divided between 80% work-based training and 20% study with an approved training provider. Your training element is a specially designed programme of learning that will include regular site visits, training sessions and online learning. In addition, you will complete a range of professional courses to enhance your career development.


We are passionate about your development, as will be your line manager, wider team, your personal mentor and several other dedicated apprenticeship staff members. We will inspire our apprentices to share experiences and support each other through their apprenticeships at Historic England.


What experience will you gain?


Supporting engaging teams within a large public sector organisation based across multiple offices and locations, you will gain an understanding of the variety and importance of our historic environment including archaeology, historic buildings, conservation areas, landscapes and other unique heritage sites.  You will get the opportunity to support Historic England staff who work with a range of external partners, including local authority staff, architects, planning consultants, and the owners and managers of historic places. Our teams will be on hand to help you learn how to interpret and assess the significance, value, risks and regeneration of a wide variety of historic places.


What will you learn?


Are you inspired by the historical places that surround you? We will help you to develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of archaeological, landscape and architectural history and the skills required to identify different types of heritage sites, objects and how to assess their condition. Putting your new skills and knowledge into action, you can help support the teams analyse, date, monitor and conserve a range of historic places through the use of professional language and terminology that will support your communication in the workplace, in particular when making recommendations concerning the historic environment.


You may already understand the value of heritage to the local economy, to the communities living nearby and to people who visit the heritage sites, however applying for this apprenticeship means you can contribute to the work we do at Historic England to help protect, enhance and reveal heritage for everyone. 


What will you be able to do in the future?


Once you have successfully completed your apprenticeship you will have gained 27 months of heritage-based work experience and a proven grounding in historic environment advice. This may enable you to develop a career within many areas of the heritage sector. We will provide you with an understanding of research, reporting, planning processes and heritage protection, valuable to roles in public sector organisations such as local authorities, smaller private sector planning consultancies, and heritage charities.


While we cannot guarantee an offer of a permanent post within Historic England at the end of your 27-month apprenticeship, we are committed to your future and providing you with a solid foundation of skills and experience.


What can you bring to Historic England?

We recognise the value that local people from all backgrounds can bring to the heritage sector: It is important that the way we provide advice about the historic environment reflects the diverse histories, cultures and interests of the regions in which we work. We can achieve this through a committed, diverse workforce where all are valued and championed. With increased focus on diversity, public value and community participation our apprenticeships are an exciting opportunity for you to represent local communities from within the organisation.


What will you already have?




•                5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (or Grade C) or higher including Maths and English

•                Well-organised with excellent attention to detail

•                Knowledge of the history, culture and interests of diverse communities in the region you are applying to

•                Passion and interest in history, heritage and the historic environment

•                Enjoys working in a team and has the ability to work well with others




•                3 A-levels at grade C or above, ideally in a relevant subject such as Geography or History

•                Reside geographically close to the Historic England regional office you are applying to

•                Experience of using Microsoft Office in particular Word, Powerpoint and Excel

•                Some experience of working in an office environment 


If you would like to know more before applying, please view our Day in The Life content which demonstrates a typical day working in some of the teams you would be helping to support. You will also find some insightful testimonials and real-life stories with some of our teams and apprentices there. For general enquires about your application please contact our HR Team on 01793 414 743. We cannot advise of the outcome of your application until after the closing date.

Closing date for applications is Monday 17th June 2019 at midnight. You will receive notification of the outcome of your application no later than Wednesday 26th June 2019.


Each regional office will be inviting applicants into our Insight & Selection days being held 1st July - 12th July 2019.


Historic England is committed to providing equality of opportunity. If you have a disability, we would be happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the job with you


Application closed

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