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Skills for the Future

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The Skills for the Future grant programme is provided and administered by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create opportunities for work-based training in the heritage sector. First launched in July 2009, this grants programme supports organisations across the UK to develop vocational learning programmes. The first two rounds saw grants totalling £47 million awarded, enabling high-quality work-based training, the development of new heritage career pathways and qualifications, and capacity building work.

The launch of a third round of Skills for the Future is a key HLF contribution to the Government’s Culture White Paper.

The main aims of the programme are to:

  • Fund high quality, paid work-based training opportunities.
  • Provide placements that equip people with the skills to pursue a career in heritage.
  • Address identified skills shortages in the heritage sector.
  • Increase the diversity of the heritage workforce.
  • Enhance the capacity of the heritage sector to deliver sustainable training and share good practice.

The funding is intended for not-for-profit organisations across the UK to provide training programmes to give people skills to equip them for a future career in the heritage sector.

Grants of between £100,000 and £750,000 are available.

The deadline for all first-round applications and all supporting documents is 13 October 2016 (12 noon).

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