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Consultation on Conservator Degree Apprenticeship standard launched

The Conservation Trailblazer working group is pleased to announce the launch of a consultation on the development of a Conservator Degree Apprenticeship. 

This degree is intended to complement existing training options in the profession and is designed to support a vocational route into the sector. This represents an important development for the sector so please do take the time to review the standard and complete this survey by 31st January 2018.

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This is a to be a degree apprenticeship. What this means is that candidates will study part-time at a university to complete a master's degree in conservation with the rest of the time being based at their employer. For candidates this gives them the opportunity to hone and develop their practical skills at the same time as studying and earning a wage. It would be expected that candidates will take up to five years to complete the apprenticeship.

For employers this route offers significant benefits. Working Group Chair, Amber Xavier-Rowe ACR FIIC, Head of Collections Conservation at English Heritage commented that:

At English Heritage we support the Conservator Apprenticeship route into the profession as it will help to diversify our work force. It has the potential to remove barriers for a broader range of talented people to enter the sector.

It also means that as an employer we can work more closely with training providers to tailor learning and education to help shape the conservators we need to successfully work in the heritage sector.

What are the next steps? 
Once feedback from the profession has been received it will be integrated into the Standard which will then be submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships for approval. All going well, the next stage will then be to develop the End Point Assessment Plan and working towards having the standard ready for delivery by September 2018. 

For further information about the development of the trailblazers and to find answers to questions please visit the apprenticeships page. Alternatively please contract Icon's Training and Development Manager, Patrick Whife: 


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