South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Bridging the Digital Gap Trainee - Gloucestershire 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….

We are looking for talented technical people to join the archive and heritage sectors and use their skills, energy and digital confidence to help us preserve our history and find new ways for people to access and learn from that heritage. The Bridging the Digital Gap programme aims to increase digital skills in archives by bringing new talent into the sector to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. The traineeship is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. About archives:
  • Archives are collections of records in all media that provide us with a wealth of information about people, places and institutions. Without them, we could not trace our ancestry or explore our collective and individual identities.
  • Archives have an impact across society – from inspiring literature and influencing design to informing research and challenging established views of the past. As a result, it is crucial that we preserve them and enable others to engage with them. Importantly, the archives of today are digital rather than on paper, and so there has never been a more exciting time for people with technical skills to join the archives sector.

The role

This traineeship will help you gain the skills needed to keep the past alive for future generations. As a trainee, you will spend 15 months working on real-life projects, learning on the job and gaining valuable and rewarding work experience. You will also have access to specialist training and development, consisting of a structured e-learning programme and dynamic workshops. Throughout the traineeship, you will have the chance to work together with other trainees and colleagues to develop key skills that will prepare you for an exciting career in the heritage sector. You will also work towards a recognised certificate issued by ARA, the professional body for archives.

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

  • A level(s) or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) in science, maths, computing or other technical subject(s)
  • OR demonstrable experience in using technical skills in the workplace or voluntary activity Candidates may only apply for one Traineeship.

1) Go to the Civil Service job search:

2) Choose ‘digital’ under Job Role and ‘The National Archives’ under Organisation.

If you apply for more than one, only your first application will be put through to short listing. Traineeships will run for 15 months from January 2021 to March 2023 at the E-Preservation West Consortium consisting of: Dorset History Centre Gloucestershire Archives South West Heritage Trust (Devon/Somerset) Warwickshire County Record Office For more information go to:

Organisation name: Gloucestershire Archives

Contact name: Claire Collins

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01452426240

Contact website: http://www.

Type: Fixed term

Salary: £14,510 per annum

Location: Gloucestershire Archives

Deadline for completed applications: Wednesday 30 September 2020

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