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An update from the Training & Development manager

The development of apprenticeships keeps moving forward as the Conservation Working group continue to develop apprenticeship Standards for the role of Conservation Technician and Conservator.

We are pleased to be able to announce that the Standard for the role of Conservation Technician has now been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships, and the working group is currently in the process of developing the End Point Assessment Plan. Provided everything continues to move at the same rate, it will be possible for candidates to start on the apprenticeship from September 2018.

The Conservator standard is also progressing well, with the group having integrated feedback from the Consultation which took place in January 2018 and having just submitted the standard for approval. While it's expected to be ready for deliver this year, Universities will most likely be ready for people to start in September 2019.

The consultation itself raised many questions from within the profession which will be raised at the Apprenticeship Debate which is taking place at the British Library on 22 March 2018. This is a round table event, giving delegates the opportunity to engage in debate about how apprenticeships can work for the conservation profession. We’re pleased to announce that the event has sold out, so we’re really looking forward to the date.

Better yet, if you didn’t secure a place, you’re in luck, as this will be the first Icon event to be broadcast through Facebook live - meaning you can join in and have a say from the comfort of your own home (or studio!). All you need is to mark the date on your calendar and follow our Facebook page on 22 March, from 1:30pm. More details to be posted on the run up to the debate, so stay with us and keep in touch!


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