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Lottery Boost for Heritage Careers

Lottery Boost for Heritage Careers

Heritage careers have been given a much-needed boost thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund awarding £10 million to the Skills for the Future programme, which operates across the UK. The money will be used to train the next generation of craftsmen and women, specialists and entrepreneurs who want to forge a career in heritage, and will help to alleviate a shortage of skills in those areas.

The Heritage Fund was established in 1994, which was the same year as the launch of the National Lottery, and it exists to funnel 20% of the money raised for Good Causes into heritage projects in the UK. Over 40,000 projects have received an award of at least £3,000 thus far, bringing the total value of awards to more than £7.1 billion, and £430 million will be awarded in the current year alone.

Skills for the Future was launched in the summer of 2009 as a grants programme that helps ‘organisations across the UK to develop vocational learning programmes.’ It has awarded £47 million in grants since its launch, and projects that have benefited include Skills in Action at Brecon Beacons National Park and the National Trust Passport to Your Future, to mention just two. The £10 million that Skills for the Future has now received is very significant, and will enable the programme to do even more.

The £10 million boost was announced last Friday by the Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Sir Peter Luff. ‘In order to thrive, our heritage needs ongoing investment in training - and a heritage workforce that reflects our population,’ he said. ‘The Skills for the Future programme puts novices together with experts, helping them learn on the job. Our grants will ensure trainees are paid – so they can get the best possible experience to set them up for a new career in heritage.’

The National Lottery has raised over £35 billion for Good Causes since 1994, and that money has helped more than 490,000 projects, not only in the sphere of heritage, but also in Sport, the Arts, Health, Education, Charity, Environment and more.

Published: Monday 27th June 2016

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