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The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is to increase its investment in the Skills for the Future programme from £5m to £17m.

The scheme will create more than 800 placements in heritage organisations, including museums.

Skills for the Future, which was launched last July (Museums Journal August 2009, p6), offers work-based training in areas including conservation, managing volunteers and using new technology. It offers grants of between £100,000 and £1m for organisations to create new training places.

More than 90 organisations applied to take part in the scheme and 54 were successful.

Some of the schemes involve partnerships. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has teamed up with the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of the History of Science, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum, and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to offer training focusing on heritage education.

The smaller museums involved include the Chiltern Open Air Museum, which is hosting eight traineeships over four years.

Some museum services plan to take on lots of people. Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service is offering 58 traineeships at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse that will provide training in traditional skills.

The National Trust is to train 30 people, Museums Galleries Scotland 20 and the Northern Ireland Museums Council 12.

To apply for a placement on one of the 54 projects, visit www.hlf.org.uk. The waged placements will start in about six months’ time and generally last between 18 months and two years.

Simon Stephens

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