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The National Archives is branching out this year with a new HLF-funded trainee programme, Transforming Archives, after the successful run of the Opening Up Archives programme, which came to a close earlier this year.

Transforming Archives will provide a new route into archives and documentary heritage, and pave the way for people from a range of backgrounds to gain practical hands-on skills and experience. The programme is aimed at those who are keen to: engage with the local community and develop strong relationships; work with collections; or develop educational and online resources. It will create opportunities to open up the sector to a wider audience and a more diverse workforce.

The programme offers 36 trainee placements over three years. The traineeships are full-time paid placements lasting 12 months, and will take place in a range of archive services throughout England.

Trainee specialisms include:

  • online engagement and digitisation
  • community engagement
  • digital preservation
  • digital preservation and online engagement
  • collection development and community engagement
  • interpretation skills
  • interpretation skills with a minor in online engagement and digitisation
  • community and online engagement and digitisation

Recruitment for the 2014 is now closed.

Contact the Archives Sector Development team for more information about the scheme.

Find out more about the trainees from last year's Opening up Archives scheme. You can also read their blogs.