We’re not far into 2014 and there’s so much going on behind the scenes here at the THI HQ!
I’m delighted to announce that we at Knowsley Council are advertising for a paid internship to work on delivering the Prescot THI and the wider Historic Environment Strategy for Knowsley. Full info about the post and how to apply are here.
It will be the first of four such posts that will run one after the other for the remaining four-and-a-bit years of the THI. The post has come about as a result of the HLF funding that is helping to drive the THI. We want to use the THI to help people into the world of heritage management, so a year’s work experience plus specialist heritage training means we can help four people to really progress their careers via the THI.
This can only be a good thing at a time where built environment jobs in general are still quite scarce, particularly in the North West, which has experienced the biggest decline in the number of heritage specialists in recent years compared to other regions. The region’s heritage needs heritage specialists to keep it in good stead for the future – I just hope that with economic recovery the sector will at least recover to its previous level.
Harking back to when I started out, I did a sandwich year as part of my planning / conservation diploma. During that memorable year in South Shields Town Hall I somehow persuaded the Planning Policy Team to let me update the Borough’s Listed Buildings at Risk survey – to get out there by Metro, bus and the odd lift from a colleague and survey 220-odd listed buildings and compare the results to the previous survey and spot the key changes and trends. The experience I gained during this sandwich year was a huge leg-up just over a year later when I’d finished my course and was after a job in conservation.
So I’m particularly pleased that years on, I’ll be part of the team giving the same opportunity to people who are studying or have just graduated from a built environment course. The THI is generating a lot of work and the recently-adopted Historic Environment Strategy sets out what the authority will be doing over the come years with regard to its heritage assets.
That year’s work placement seems so long ago now – South Shields still had an actual record shop I used to go to just about every lunchtime – I gave so many albums their first listen on my walkman stood on the deck of the Shields ferry…
The deadline for applications is the 24th February, so if you’re interested or know someone who might be, it’s time to get cracking!