National Archives seeks trainees with ability

National Archives are seeking to recruit 8 trainees for participating archive sites. The Bridging the Digital Gap initiative is a Heritage Lottery funded training programme aimed at bringing technical people into the UK archives workforce. The 15-month placements start in October 2018 and offer a rewarding, practical alternative to the first year of university study.

There are eight 15-month technical traineeships in digital archiving which offer a chance to earn while learning valuable skills to pursue a job as a digital archives assistant in one of the UK’s many archives entrusted with preserving the historical record in this global digital age. 

Trainees will be employed by the National Archives and based in archives in York, Hull, Norwich or London. The traineeships are 32 hours per week and are paid at a trainee rate (£14,500 or £16,224 for London archives). Trainees will complete a mix of online training, work-placed activities and face-to-face modules learning alongside other trainees.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. The advert states a requirement for A-levels or equivalent but where someone can demonstrate technical skills they will be offered an interview.

The closing date for applications is 17 August. For more information and to apply visit: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/digitaltrainees

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