Building Services Engineering – Service and Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship – Level 3

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Keen for more of a hands on learning approach? Interested in maintenance and engineering? If so, a building services Service and Maintenance engineer apprenticeship could be just what you need to start your career. Read on for more information about what you could expect from this course.

Chapters

  1. Occupational Profile
  2. Core Competencies
  3. The Qualification
  4. Future Steps
  5. Conclusion

Service and Maintenance Engineer – Occupational Profile

Building services engineering is vital in making sure buildings work. Service and Maintenance engineers work across a whole range of maintenance jobs. For instance, their role covers both industrial and commercial engineering systems. These can include ventilation, heating, water supply, waste and drainage. A Service and Maintenance engineer will make sure that these systems are operating within specific specifications and oversee the management of them. In addition, they also have the responsibility for fault finding, fault diagnosis, maintenance and repair and components and equipment found in industrial settings such as offices, hospitals, factories, schools and more.

These engineers undertake work with a high level of autonomy. They therefore require advanced diagnostic skills and specific, detailed knowledge about each system and its principles. As well as the practical elements of the role, a Service and Maintenance engineer will also need to deal with clients. This is important as they need to make sure that work is completed efficiently and with as little impact on the buildings use as possible.

In order to meet the high standard that is expected, an engineer will need to be able to demonstrate complete competence in the following areas;

  • Health and safety
  • Quality control
  • Communication
  • Environmental requirements
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Core Competencies of a Service and Maintenance Engineer

This role requires that you can demonstrate a number of skills and behaviours that are essential to carrying out work. A selection of these can be seen below.

  • A good knowledge of safety legislation and safe working practices. The ability to apply these to yourself and others where relevant.
  • Working sustainably. Planning, organising and working in a way which uses resources most efficiently. Therefore being able to consider cost, quality, time, safety, security and environmental impact are vital.
  • A good knowledge of the procedures, standards and codes of practice required. And subsequently, the ability to put these effectively and efficiently into practice.
  • Being able to communicate effectively across a range of methods with colleagues, clients, supervisors and more.
  • Being aware of your own personal development – maintaining and enhancing competencies across all areas of your role as your career progresses.

In order to further understand these and the other competencies required in more detail, have a look at the ‘Occupational standard’ and ‘Assessment plan’ for this role.

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The Qualification

This course is for a Level 3 Building Services Engineering Service and Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship.

The duration of the course can vary from 36 to 48 months depending on previous experience.

Entry requirements are subject to the individual employer. Apprentices without Level 2 in either English or Maths will need to complete these before the end of the apprenticeship.

Future Steps

This course would provide you a great foundation to further your career in the building services industry. Whether you want to continue your learning journey, or jump straight into a permanant role. Here is a few steps you could take when you achieve the Level 3 qualification.

  • Level 6 Building Services Design Engineer. Upon successful completion of this course, apprentices would receive a BSc or BEng building services degree with accreditation by the relevant professional engineering institution. Read more about this course here.
  • If you loved everything about the Level 3 course, you could look to become a full time Service and Maintenance engineer.
  • Or, if there a particular element of the role you enjoyed, you could look to specialise by going on to qualify in plumbing and heating for example where the average salary is over £32k.

The skills and behaviours you learn in this course will set you up to a wide range of potential careers. As well as the above, you might also be interested in supervisory roles, project management roles or even training apprentices just like yourself.

Conclusion

Hopefully this blog has helped you identify whether Service and Maintenance engineering is for you. Whether it leads you onto further learning opportunities or lands you that new job, there is no doubt of the benefits.

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Building Services Design Engineer Apprenticeship (Level 6)

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Are you excited by the idea of designing, installing and maintaining building services, like lighting and heating? Does infrastructure interest you? If this sounds up your street, read on to find out how the degree-level Building Services Design Engineer apprenticeship may be a great route to a new career.

Chapters

How the level 6 Building Services Design Engineer apprenticeship works

The Building Services Design engineer apprenticeship teaches an apprentice the skills needed to design the various services found in buildings and infrastructure projects.

Duration of apprenticeship

Typically 60-66 months (5-5½ years), depending on the apprentice’s previous experience.

What a Building Services Design Engineer job entails

A Building Services Design Engineer manages a team of engineers and technicians. They work with other construction professionals to design, maintain and install various services found in buildings and infrastructure projects.

The engineers work typically include the following:

  • Renewable and emerging technologies
  • Energy management
  • Heating
  • Ventilation
  • Air conditioning
  • Lighting
  • Power
  • Water services
  • Building transportation (e.g. lifts), and more!

Buildings and infrastructure can vary from newly built premises to the refurbishment of older facilities, for every sector of industry.

Building Services Design Engineers will undertake both the technical and commercial management of projects using engineering design solutions to maintain and enhance the quality of the environment and community.

They employ current and emerging technology to produce innovative engineering design solutions for development, manufacture and construction.

Career options with a level 6 Building Services Design Engineer Apprenticeship

Building services design engineers may work for a design consultancy, a contractor or a manufacturing company.

Salary

There are plenty of opportunities to earn an above-average salary in this field.

  • Starting salaries for a graduate building services design engineer average between a respectable £26000 to £28000.
  • More experienced design engineers earn on average a salary of around £40000, with more senior engineers earning above £55000.
  • Partners or highly experiences building services design engineers with chartered status may earn over £80000. Engineers in larger international consultancies can earn over £110000 a year.

TIP: Having chartered status also increases your pay level.

Entry requirements

Apprenticeship candidates will usually have at least three A levels at Grades A*-C including Mathematics and Physical Science or their equivalent.

Alternatively, they can complete a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Building Services Design Technician.

Qualifications gained with a Level 6 Building Service Design Engineers Apprenticeship

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A Building Services Design Engineer apprenticeship will teach you a wealth of skills

With this level 6 apprenticeship, successful apprentices will earn a BSc or BEng building services degree with accreditation by the relevant professional engineering institution.

NOTE: Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths must achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Building Services Design Engineer Apprenticeship structure

The Building Services Design Engineer Apprenticeship is divided into three parts:

  • Approximately Month 0-60: Recommended on programme assessment through
    • Assignments
    • Projects
    • Portfolio of evidence
    • Development reviews
    • Examinations
  • Around Month 60: Gateway

Satisfactory completion of knowledge skills and behaviours including an accredited building services degree. Level 2 in Maths & English must be achieved. At this point, the application for the End Point Assessment (EPA) is confirmed by your employer.

  • Two months before expected end date: End Point Assessment
    • Presentation and questioning on the research assignment
    • Structured interview informed by the Engineering Practice Report
    • Assessment by assessors appointed by the relevant Professional Engineering Institution

You pass if you achieve the above. You’re then registered as an Incorporated Engineer

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Key learnings

As mentioned above in part one of the apprenticeship, there are core learnings that the apprentice must develop and demonstrate during their apprenticeship. These divide into knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Knowledge

A Building Services Design Engineer apprenticeship needs an in-depth knowledge of:

  • Mathematical, scientific and engineering principles and methods. These are important because they underpin the design of complex building services systems.  
  • Digital solutions to model, design, analyse and evaluate building service systems.
  • Research techniques to improve how business services systems perform.
  • Quality standards, codes of practice, legal and regulatory frameworks. These govern the design of building services systems, in reference to health, safety and welfare and environmental impact.
  • Principles and techniques of whole life evaluation in the design of building engineering services systems. These consider account critical constraints like due concern for safety and sustainability.
  • Principles and techniques of effective project management. These include resources, cost and risk assessment.
  • How to manage teams and develop staff to meet shifting technical and managerial needs.
  • Effective communication effectively through reports, drawings, specifications and presentations. This includes how to explain design principles with both technical and non-technical people.
  • Dealing fairly and honestly when selection suppliers or contractors. This includes fair reviewing of tenders when making recommendations for award of contracts.

Skills

A Building Services Design Engineer will be able to do the following:

  • Use a solid, evidence-based approach to problem solving. These will lead to developing building services engineering design solutions to enhance the quality of the environment and community, and meet client, financial and safety objectives.
  • Identify, review and select the best way to design complex building services systems and components.
  • Champion the continuous improvement of the design of building services systems and components. This includes using latest industry developments and best practice and taking part in design reviews and evaluation.
  • Manage and apply safe systems of work. This includes being responsible for own obligations for health, safety and welfare issues, assessing and controlling risk, working with health, safety and welfare legislation and best practice.
  • Manage the planning, budgeting and organisation of tasks, people and resources Achieve this via the following:
    •  Appropriate management systems
    • Working to agreed quality standards, project programme and budget
    • Working within legal, contractual and statutory requirements
  • Manage teams and develop staff to meet shifting technical or managerial needs.
  • Communicate effectively through reports, drawings, specifications, presentations and discussions. Be able to do so with both technical and non-technical people.
  • Complete and document continuing profession development, maintaining and enhancing knowledge and competence as a building services design engineer.

Behaviours

A great Building Services Design Engineer will:

  • Have compassion and be perceptive. They are aware of the needs and concerns of others, especially in terms of diversity and equality
  • Show they’re reliable
  • Have integrity
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Be confident and adaptable when dealing with new or changing interpersonal situations
  • Create, retain and develop productive working relationships.
  • Have a strong commitment to health, safety and welfare.
  • Show personal commitment to professional and ethical standards
  • Recognize their obligation to society, the profession and the environment
  • Take responsibility for personal development, committing to learning and self-improvement
  • Be open to feedback

Although some of these components may feel unfamiliar, after completing the apprenticeship they will become second nature!

Conclusion

As you can see, the Level 6 Building Services Design Engineer apprenticeship is a fantastic avenue into an interesting, well-paid career. The ability to upskill and earn as you learn, in a varied role makes it a great option for anyone who loves learning and wants a job that’s far from boring. You’ll be sure to leave with a wealth of invaluable skills that will take your career to the next level.

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Recruitment Consultant Apprenticeship (Level 3) – Match Candidates With Their Dream Job

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People strive to find their dream job while employers are always on the search for the ideal employee. Play a key part in helping both candidates and employers as a recruitment consultant apprentice. The apprenticeship allows you to develop your organisation and negotiating skills while earning an impressive salary. The best thing is you only need a level 2 in English and Maths to apply for a Level 3 Recruitment Consultant Apprenticeship.

What does a recruitment consultant do?

A recruitment consultant searches out and matches candidates with job opportunities at client organisations. On a day-to-day basis, you would not only seek out potential candidates but also assess their suitability for job openings at your clients’ organisations. As result, developing and maintaining candidate and client relationships are key to your role.

As a recruiter, you can choose to work for specialist sectors, such as an IT job consultancy, or work in-house by becoming an education recruitment consultant. While recruiters work predominantly in the recruitment sector, this business apprenticeship allows you to create your own personal and professional development plan in an industry of your choice.

How much does a recruiter earn?

It’s the question on everybody’s mind and the answer usually depends on the sector you choose to work in and your geographical location. However, a recruitment consultant’s salary averages at £28k per year in the London area. More experienced recruiters can earn a base salary of up to £50k.

A consultant role also means a commission is earned for every successful candidate placement. Commissions can either be a fixed payment or a percentage of what you bring to the company. For both, the commission is paid on top of the base salary, so recruitment consultants can make a lot of money.

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Learn to maintain client relationships and more with a Level 3 Recruitment Consultant apprenticeship

Key competencies for Level 3 Recruitment Consultant apprentices

The recruitment consultant role is multifaceted. Here are a few examples of key duties that need to be carried out along with core technical skills and behavioural attributes that will aid a trainee to achieve these:

Establish and negotiate terms and conditions with clients:

  • Build client relationships that ensure a profitable outcome
  • Doesn’t shy away from challenging poor practices
  • Shows tenacity and resilience

Agree and meet job-related key performance indicators (KPIs):

  • Ensure agreed on KPIs, such as calls made, interviews scheduled, people reached out to, are met
  • Seek feedback from both candidates and clients to inform next KPI agreements
  • Self-motivated

Develop and implement a successful sales technique:

  • To ensure continuous improvement, service interviews should be conducted on a regular basis
  • Good at questioning and listening
  • Ambitious, driven and determined

Be aware of and follow legal and ethical processes for both candidates and clients:

  • Advice on legal requirements and employee rights and responsibilities including equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Complete all aftercare services, including payments
  • If non-compliance occurs, escalate this

Successfully assess people to find the right candidate for clients’ job opportunities:

  • Create a shortlist of suitable candidates to be presented to clients
  • Great organisational skills
  • Confident, assertive, and persuasive communicator

Recruitment consultant knowledge modules and apprentice exams

While earning a great salary and commission, a recruitment consultant apprentice will also gain on-program learning. These help you to understand the key foundations necessary to perform well on the job. To gain your qualification and prove your understanding, you must complete a knowledge and competency qualification as outlined below:

  • One knowledge qualification: Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Recruitment or Level 3 Certificate in Recruitment Practice
  • One competency qualification: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Recruitment

Progression opportunities for successful recruiter trainees

The recruitment consultant apprenticeship (level 3) is a good job for those looking to kick-start their career in recruitment. The successful completion of this apprenticeship will allow trainees to progress into more senior roles, as outlined in the occupational map, or onto a higher-level qualification, such as the Level 5 Learning and Development Consultant Business Partner apprenticeship. Successful learners will also qualify to register at the Institute of Recruitment Professionals or the Institute of Recruiters.

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Level 6 Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship

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Do you like making a difference, enjoy seeing the results of a project from start to finish, and want the opportunity to work across a variety of industries? If so, read on to find out how the level 6 Project Management course is a great way to continue your professional development as a project manager while developing the valuable skills and management techniques to be an effective leader.

Jobs and entry criteria

The project manager apprenticeship equips apprentices with the essential knowledge and skills they can utilize in any type of industry with a career progression path of senior management roles. An average salary of £47.5k is achievable as a Project Manager but this can vary depending on the industry and employer. All the skills developed in this apprenticeship are transferable, allowing for many different opportunities and career growth.

Although the entry requirements may differ by employers, an apprentice would be expected to have the following:

  • 3 A-Levels at grades A to C or the vocational equivalent
  • International Project Association (IPMA) Level D qualification or equivalent before the endpoint assessment
  • Level 2 Maths and English

However, if you have don’t have Level 2 Maths and English you will have the opportunity to complete these before taking the End-Point Assessment (EPA).

The duration of the apprenticeship is typically four years, and you will achieve a BA or BSC Honours degree in Project Management.

Key responsibilities of a Project Manager

A Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of projects, leading and managing their team. This includes the planning, organising, and monitoring of the project, ensuring they are completed on time and within budget. As a project manager, you will need to have good communication and leadership skills to work with diverse teams and motivate them to perform at their best. In addition, you will be organised and good at problem-solving. A project manager needs to be able to adapt and resolve issues promptly.

The knowledge and skills of a Project Manager

In this apprenticeship course, you will gain the key characteristics and skillset of a project manager to manage a team professionally and successfully motivate your project team members. The apprenticeship course will help you understand the following:

  • Manage project budgets and costs
  • Reporting project performance
  • Risk management 
  • Interpreting the aims and objectives of a project
  • The main UK business sectors and how they operate
  • Effective communication with internal and external stakeholders
  • Schedule management
  • Quality management
  • Setting realistic goals
  • Producing status reports
  • Develop strategic plans to achieve an organisation’s short, medium, and long-term strategies
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The personality traits of a project manager

A Project Manager is innovative, they understand the bigger picture and work enthusiastically with their team to develop creative and effective solutions. Most importantly, they maintain professional conduct and drive to inspire and support their project team members, working together towards their goals.

Here are the personality traits and characteristics commonly found among project managers:

  • organised
  • takes accountability and responsibility
  • proactive
  • generous with delegating tasks and credit
  • strategic
  • team building and empowering
  • open to give and receive feedback
  • Persistent when faced with tough situations

Employers especially look for these qualities in successful project managers.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Level 6 Project Manager apprenticeship is a great way to develop professionally with excellent progression opportunities. As a result of completing the course, you can become eligible to be a full member of the Association for Project Management (APM). You will gain wide recognition of your achievement in the project profession to add to your CV and unlimited access to APM learning resources and training events to further extend your knowledge.

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Aerospace Software Development Engineering – Level 6

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Do you have a passion for coding and technology and would like to apply your skills and knowledge to the aerospace industry? This career opportunity in aerospace software development engineering may just be the right fit for you.

Career overview

As an aerospace software engineer, you will influence the way products and systems are built to accommodate for modifications as well as upgrades in the product life cycle. On this degree apprenticeship, you will gain insight on interpreting and analysing data such as code, engineering requirements and designs.

You will be expected to work both as individuals and as part of wider Engineering teams. This could include research and development teams as well as other teams from different engineering disciplines. 

Entry criteria

These entry requirements are subject to change depending on individual employers, however, a typical apprentice will have already completed at least two STEM-based subjects at A-level standard or an equivalent. These include subjects such as Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Computing, Chemistry and Biology, while achieving 96 UCAS points or above.

This would be alongside 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or a grade C and above including Maths, English and Double Science.

Additionally, apprentices without Level 2 Maths and English must achieve these qualifications before taking the end-point assessment.

While the timeframe may vary the typical duration of this apprenticeship is 48 months. This can be reduced if the student has already demonstrated expertise in this discipline or has prior experience in it.

Skills you will learn on your Aerospace Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

  1. Degree apprentices will be able to define all stages of the software lifecycle, as well as the interactions between them.
  2. Apprentices will learn about the procedures and tools that are used to control the change and modification of software products.
  3. Develop and apply algorithms, including specification, design, and implementation.
  4. Apprentices will use the standard methodologies for software production and the toolsets that assist efficient development to apply appropriate engineering operations and toolsets.
  5. Analytic approaches (engineering mathematics): apprentices will use mathematics to reason about software properties such as safety and performance.
  6. Apply Systems Engineering principles: apprentices will learn the criteria for making architectural decisions in order to get the best possible solution for potentially competing system goals.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency with “Modelling & Simulation” software: apprentices will learn how to use “Modelling” toolsets to develop software more rapidly and reliably.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of code, design, and requirements documentation by reading and interpreting software engineering data.
  9. Apprentices will apply systematic approaches to identify and reduce waste and inefficiencies in their software production activities, using business improvement strategies to ensure the optimisation of processes, resources, and budget.
  10. Apprentices will explore chances to demonstrate compliance with acceptable standards such as statutory, quality, organisational, environmental, and health and safety regulations.
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Knowledge Modules

In order to complete the apprenticeship, you must first obtain two certifications. These are the following:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence)
  • Level 6 Bachelor Honours Degree (BEng or BSc) Stipulated by the employer and accredited by an Engineering Council licenced Professional Engineering Institution

For the completion and final certification of the Apprenticeship Standard, all of the qualification requirements in the foundation and development phases are required.

Conclusion

This course is a great place to start if you want to work in the engineering industry and begin to learn while you earn.

Design, development, and production of both airborne and ground-based software for test equipment, training systems and simulators are typical roles after completing your Degree apprenticeship.

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Level 6 Broadcast and Media Communications Engineer Apprenticeship (Degree)

If you have a passion for bringing TV, radio and streaming services to people’s homes, you might be interested in the Level 6 Broadcast and Media Communications Engineer apprenticeship. This exciting industry is always adapting and changing, so throughout the 36–48-month period, you can expect to be working in a wide variety of environments and projects.

More about the role

In this role, you will be working to play a vital role throughout the transmission process – from its beginnings in the production studio through to delivering the media straight to viewers/listeners. Expect to be working for a broadcaster, broadcast or media services supplier or manufacturer or even an internal or external client in live or pre-recorded programmes. The opportunity to work with electrical engineering, electronic engineering, software engineering and creative media is a unique perk to this role, but it does require a dedicated individual who could work out of hours and adapt to irregular work. You will not just be corresponding with other members of the team behind the screen, you may also be interacting with presenters and guests and you will learn how best to communicate with them during your time on the apprenticeship.

Entry level requirements

This may vary by individual employers, but typically entrants may need to possess a minimum of 2 A Levels at grade C or above – one of which should be in maths or a science subject. Also, you will need to hold 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including Maths, English and Science and suitable equivalents, like BTECs.

Core responsibilities

There will be several responsibilities for you to take on and they may change day-by-day, but your core responsibilities would consist of:

  • Setting up and designing or installing and building the technical system for broadcasting media.
  • Making sure any infrastructure is maintained regular to identify any faults.
  • Working under pressure to meet deadlines to ensure deliverance of services is consistent.
  • Provide service management and support to end-user companies, service providers, suppliers and larger manufacturers.

You can learn more detail about the other responsibilities in the PDF link here.

Behaviors and qualities to succeed

There are some important qualities that you should strive to achieve and showcase during your apprenticeship.

Your employer will be looking for these qualities in a candidate, so if you do have experience that you can reference to in an interview, you should apply them. These include the following:

  • Driven to achieve in every area you work in.
  • Be resilient in pressurised environments.
  • Perform a key role in the team that influences other team members to achieve a common goal.
  • Build solid relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Communicate and issue reports in an objective and truthful way.
  • Be professional and continue to develop professional manner in the workplace.
  • Work with enthusiasm and creativity to analyse problems and develop innovative and workable solutions to any issues.

Maintain a positive approach to problems and remain adaptable to constructive criticism.

Qualifications

The apprentice will complete a relevant degree in Broadcast and Communications Engineering/Technology. Apprentices without English and Mathematics at level 2 must achieve level 2 prior to taking their End Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3, and British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those whom this is their primary language.

Employers involved in creating the standard:

Arqiva, BBC Academy, Creative Skillset, IABM, Birmingham City University, Hattrick, BT Group, Bauer Media, BBC, Suitcase TV, Panasonic, dB Broadcast, The IET, Ravensbourne, International Moving Image Society, University of Salford, High Definition & Digital Cinema Ltd., Ericsson, Babcock International, ITV, Sky, Digital UK

Level 7 Cultural Heritage Conservator (Degree)

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Does a Night in a Museum sound like your idea of a perfect Night? The Level 7 Cultural Heritage Conservator Degree allows you to not only discover the past and unearth all the untold stories in the archives but also preserve history for future generations. The course offers the ability to become either a Conservator or a Specialist Conservator. Specialist Conservators can specialise in areas that include paper, paintings, metals, stones or even photography).

Entry Requirements & Qualifications

To begin this course, candidates will typically need to have GCSEs (or equivalent) at A*- C including Maths, English and possibly a relevant Science. They will also need A levels in a combination of Arts, Humanities, and Science subjects. Many may also hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.

Candidates must have completed an MA or MSc in Heritage Conservation prior to undertaking their end point assessment. Note that any Apprentices without Level 2 English & Maths will be required to achieve this prior to finishing their course.

Details of the Standard

Conservators are specialist practitioners working to protect, preserve and conserve objects or collections. They may also undertake work related to the internal and external features of buildings. This includes activities such as restoring historic decorative interiors, stained glass windows and sculptures. Conservators combine practical skills with knowledge of art history, architecture, changing fashions/lifestyles. This allows them to understand the context of the objects so they can conserve them sensitively and appropriately.

Conservators may work for a variety of places including in public institutions such as national and regional museums or galleries. They could also work in historic properties or for conservation practices in the private sector. There is also the potential for Conservators to run their firm.

There are two main areas of the profession:

  • Treatment Conservation also known as remedial conservation, relates to the conservator carrying out treatments directly on objects. The remedial conservator aims to carry out as little work as possible or necessary to avoid changing the object. Treatment conservators will often specialise in working with a particular type of object or material such as paper, stone or wooden objects.
  • Preventive Conservation aims to prevent damage to objects in use or storage. Its purpose is to maintain the condition of an object and manage deterioration risks from handling or the environment. This can include a broad range of tasks such as environmental monitoring equipment installation, pest management and consultation on the design of new galleries/exhibition spaces.

Length of Course & Working Environment

The course typically lasts 54 to 60 months and depending on area of focus, time may be split between working in a studio or on site. There may be occasional long periods away from home, for instance those working on objects that can’t be moved or accompanying objects travelling to an exhibition.

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Key Duties & Responsibilities of a Cultural Heritage Conservator

Duties will vary depending on the employer, but are likely to include:

  • Undertaking conservation measures, either through physical treatments to objects or implementation of preventive conservation measures. Conservators are expected to use their own judgement although some treatments may be complex, requiring advice from experienced colleagues.
  • Designing, implementing and reviewing Integrated Pest Management and Environmental Monitoring.
  • Assessment and management of risk to collections on display, in storage and undergoing treatment.
  • Organisation of collections in storage / on display and the maintenance of appropriate records using collections management systems and related databases.
  • Planning, commissioning and managing conservation work.
  • Overall responsibility for the long-term care of collections.

Behaviours Needed To Become a Cultural Heritage Conservator

Cultural Heritage Conservators will be expected to demonstrate:

  • An awareness of the of ethical and legal obligations relating to their area of work.
  • The exercise of good judgement and good practice in undertaking conservation work.
  • Appropriate health and safety behaviours individually and towards others.
  • Strong work ethic enabling them to work effectively as individuals and as part of a team.
  • An openness to communicating with fellow professionals from a range of backgrounds, including members of the public.

Conclusion

If preserving objects in archives, art galleries, libraries & museums sounds interesting then this Apprenticeship offers an amazing opportunity for you. Not only will you learn the core skills covered in the course, but it will open up a wide range of job opportunities in Conservation. Additionally, you will earn while you learn and there are excellent progression opportunities to advance your career into Specialist Conservation. On completion of the course candidates will be eligible for ‘Associate’ membership of the Institute of Conservation (Icon) and would be able to register on the PACR Pathway working towards professional accreditation.

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Level 7 Archaeological Specialist degree

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Interested in the historic environment and cultural heritage? Keen to gain practical experience while earning a reputable qualification? If so, The Level 7 Archaeological Specialist degree apprenticeship is the perfect opportunity, whether you are a student looking for a foot in the door, or a qualified professional looking for a career change.

Jobs and entry criteria for Level 7 Archaeological Specialist Degree

This multi-faceted degree apprenticeship gives you all the tools to succeed in a lucrative career. You will lead archaeological research and investigations while working in all weathers and environments both outside and in an office. Moreover, through interacting with colleagues, external stakeholders and members of the public, this role contains tonnes of transferable skills. With the level 7 Archaeological Specialist degree, you could become anything from an Aerial Investigator to an Archaeological Investigator.

You think there is a catch? There’s not! Employers are becoming increasingly more aware of the importance of accessibility, most only requiring 5 GCSEs including Maths, English and Science. Although some employers prefer A Levels or BTECs or even undergraduate study, it is ultimately down to the employer to decide whether you are a fit for the company regardless of background. So, if a degree in archaeology interests you, don’t hesitate!

Key responsibilities of a Archaeological Specialist Apprentice

One of the key duties required from an Archaeological Specialist Apprentice is planning, leading and implementing research and investigation tasks. This will involve data handling, including surveys, excavation analysis, post excavation analysis and scientific analysis of archaeological materials and data. The Archaeological Specialist will also be responsible for communicating the results both internally and externally.

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Level 7 Archaeological Specialist Core Duties

There are 15 core duties which must be met during the course of the apprenticeship. These give apprentices the opportunity to get a deep understanding of their chosen profession. Not only that, but apprentices will gain key skills that they can continue to use for career development.

  • Archaeological research and investigations
  • Identification of archaeological materials or data in a specialist area
  • Provide specialist advice to internal and external stakeholders, developing problem solving skills
  • Solve problems through using theoretical knowledge and academic research
  • Apply practical skills to an archaeological area or apply technical knowledge
  • Be able to collect and record archaeological data including electronic and spatial data
  • Analyse and evaluate the importance of archaeological materials
  • Be able to confidently store and prepare archaeological materials.
  • Plan and produce reports and publications
  • Communicate and share results of investigations with both specialist and non-specialists.
  • Be compliant and be responsible for health and safety
  • Be able to train others with archaeological research
  • Maintain compliance with legislation and codes of practice
  • Participate in specialist networks and groups to contribute to Historic body of knowledge and practice.

There are further knowledge requirements to consider while meeting the above duties. These are important in order to develop soft skills for continuous professional development.

Archaeological Specialist degree vendor exams

Apprentices that haven’t already achieved level 2 Maths and English will need to complete these prior to the EPA (End point assessment).

The key qualification achieved from this apprenticeship is an MA or MSc degree in Archaeology or Archaeological Science subject as well as professional recognition from the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

Conclusion

As you can tell from the above information, the level 7 Archaeological Specialist degree is an ideal route for people interested in starting a career within archaeology. Furthermore, the transferable skills gained from this course will lead to a wide range of opportunities no matter what career path you end up taking. Earning while you learn will give you the experience to have a head-start in the job market.

To learn more about career opportunities and progression, take a look at our article on Occupational Maps for Apprenticeships and T-Levels.

Not looking for the level 7? Read our article on the Level 3 Archaeology Technician apprenticeship.