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Education & Skills Strategy


Icon’s National Conservation & Skills Strategy (NCESS) sets the direction for conservation education and training in the UK

The UK’s rich and varied cultural heritage provides significant social and economic benefits. For this to continue, our cultural heritage needs to be cared for effectively.

This requires a wide spectrum of society having an interest in working to preserve the material world, and having the knowledge, skills and understanding to do so.

To meet this challenge, NCESS was launched in 2012 to provide a strategic approach to the provision of conservation education, training and research.

​​NCESS Bulletins: September 2014March 2014July 2013June 2012 


The NCESS was developed and articulated by Icon. It aims to foster a collective responsibility, building connections between heritage sectors and the crafts and conservation professions.

  • Aim 1: To promote the development and delivery of conservation education, training and skills as a joint responsibility of all stakeholders
  • Aim 2: To map a framework of sustainable career paths that is accessible, coherent, responsive, resilient and quality assured
  • Aim 3: To raise awareness of conservation as a subject of learning, research and enrichment, as well as a career opportunity

Photo: The launch of the NCESS April 2014 c. Matt Wreford