Early Careers at MOLA

Early Careers

Archaeology is all about understanding the past through the physical objects and remains people left behind. Archaeologists work in teams on site to dig and carefully record this evidence, which is then studied to see what we can learn.

If you’re at the very beginning of your career and think that commercial archaeology is for you, there are two different ways you can join us.

Our training programmes

Our Trainee Archaeologist and Graduate Archaeologist training programmes provide the experience, skills and knowledge needed to work on site as a professional field archaeologist. In a mix of on-the-job training and classroom sessions, you’ll learn how to dig, record and interpret different types of archaeology, and learn about all the people and processes involved in a project. By the end of the programme you’ll have what’s needed to apply to join the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), the professional body for the sector.

Our programmes will not only give you archaeological skills but also valuable transferable skills, such as teamworking and time management, as well as an understanding of how archaeology fits into the wider construction industry. This opens up a number of potential career paths including field archaeologist, consultant and archivist, or construction roles where a knowledge of the industry is beneficial.

We’re committed to supporting our trainees with their employability throughout the programme and offer workshops on topics such as CV writing and Excel skills. We aim to offer as many people as possible a job as an Archaeologist once they have completed their training.

Both our training programmes have been accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and the learning outcomes of our programmes have been mapped to the National Occupational Standards for Archaeological Practice.

Upcoming start dates

Trainee Archaeologists: March 2021. Unfortunately, applications are now closed for this programme. 

Graduate Archaeologists: March 2021. Unfortunately, applications are now closed for this programme.

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For further information about the programmes please download the supporting document below: