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Following the success of its pilot scheme in 2008 English Heritage announced today that it will be accepting applications for the 2009 scheme from Friday 3rd April 2009. Potential historic environment practitioners are encouraged to put themselves forward to be considered for a place on the fiercely contested Heritage Environment Traineeship (HET) Scheme.

The HET scheme is a two year programme developed and delivered in conjunction with ABA Consultants, who provide innovative learning solutions for clients such as; GSK, Eurostar and Marks & Spencer.

The programme is active, challenging and practical in nature being supervised and validated by English Heritage throughout its duration. Learning methods include project work, shadowing experts and one-to-one coaching. Each successful trainee is assigned a mentor to help them make the most of their development opportunity.

The first stage of the application is to get a place on the Assessment Day held at the English Heritage offices in Swindon. ABA Consultants, who will deliver the day, designed it to provide a valid and reliable assessment of a candidate’s capabilities. During this intense ‘apprentice’ style day the candidates face three challenges whilst being observed individually by two qualified assessors. The activities include group problem solving, negotiating and influencing skills, and testing the candidate’s communication skills with a simulation of a real heritage case. ABA’s Bill Kerr who designed the assessment process then chaired the assessors meeting to make the final shortlisting.

The 2008 intake resulted in over 400 applications for the Assessment Day of which 35 likely candidates were selected to take part. From the day 12 candidates were shortlisted to attend an interview in London, of which 7 were selected onto the HET scheme.


Notes for Editors:

For more information please contact:

Sarah White
07595 219 742
01223 900 121

Interviews can be arranged with :
Caroline Crewe-Read - Project Manager, English Heritage Historic Environment Traineeship (HET) Scheme

Bill Kerr – Consultant - ABA Consultants Ltd

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