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Sustainable Workforce Research Toolkit project

The Institute of Conservation is partnering with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and Historic England to develop a Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) Toolkit that will enable the collection, analysis and reporting of LMI within the heritage sector.

The Toolkit will comprise an accessible methodology funded_by_rgb.jpgand survey template that can be used by all professional bodies and organisations wishing to survey the heritage workforce. It will also enable the ongoing collection, analysis and presentation of data on workforce size, composition, skills and trends in employment and education.

The broader objective of our partnership is to support the development and sustainability of the heritage workforce and to inform policy and decision making affecting it. The Toolkit will facilitate research to help inform measures to ensure our workforce is equipped with the right skills and experience to investigate, manage and maintain the nation’s heritage and that it fully reflects the society it aims to benefit.

We will share the Toolkit widely with heritage organisations with the aim of empowering them to independently conduct workforce research on a regular basis. The Toolkit will minimise reliance on external funding, provide a model for sub-sector workforce research and allow cross-referencing and comparison of data that corresponds with both Historic England’s developing approach to LMI, and aligns with Office for National Statistics methodologies and the datasets they provide.

We have appointed Loud Marketing to design and develop the Toolkit. Loud Marketing has considerable experience of working for professional and trade body clients in and out of the heritage sector and a wide range of research project experience.

The Toolkit is expected to be made available by the end of October 2019.