We currently run two bursary schemes, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Their focus is traditional masonry construction, and repair and maintenance skills in particular. Both schemes could help to significantly raise standards in Scotland.

No bursary places are currently available, but applications will be invited again in future.

Applications are competitive. You should have suitable vocational skills or skills development potential to apply.

Conservation of Masonry Bursary Scheme

This offers one-month training bursaries to work towards the new National Progression Award in Conservation Masonry.

The economic crisis has devastated the construction sector in the UK, and the heritage sector hasn’t escaped the downturn. Our bursary scheme has helped individuals to gain a competitive advantage when looking for work or an apprenticeship, by adding the National Progression Award to their qualifications.

The Skills for the Past and Future Project

This aims to fund one-year placements in areas where either:

  • traditional skills are under threat
  • new skills and techniques will help us to better understand and manage the historic environment

Individuals are placed with experienced craft, engineering or surveying professionals, so that they may gain the skills and workplace experience required to service the future needs of the built environment.

Skills for the Future

We offer trainees the chance to gain practical experience towards beginning a career in heritage through our Skills for the Future programme. 

The programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, tackles skills gaps across the UK heritage sector. It aims to help trainees get jobs in archives, museums and galleries. So far, 34 trainees have completed the Skills for the Future programme with us, with most of them going on to find work in the heritage sector.

The year-long traineeship offers the chance to:

  • gain skills and experience in archival practice, including cataloguing and digitisation
  • work with the Learning Services Team across Historic Environment Scotland
  • undertake training in community outreach work such as oral history, and work with project partners at the National Trust for Scotland
  • research, develop and deliver a heritage project, which is the culmination of the traineeship

To find out more, take a look at the Skills for the Future blog or follow Skills for the Future on Twitter.