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, processor, archivist, and even 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. They are delivered by an expert team of Trainers with over 50 years' commercial experience. Whichever programme you do, you will leave with:

  • Six months' valuable work experience
  • Certificate of Achievement with a transcript of topics covered
  • BAJR Skills Passport and portfolio of work to demonstrate your skills and experience
  • Essential health and safety certifications (e.g. CSCS card)
  • Support gaining professional accreditation by joining CIfA


Trainee Archaeologist programme

This programme is aimed at people who have no prior experience or qualification in archaeology. The programme lasts six months, the first three of which are spent with a dedicated Fieldwork Trainer with a mid-point assessment to make sure you're on track. 

Graduate Archaeologist programme

This programme is aimed at people who have a degree in archaeology or a closely-related subject, but who are struggling to secure employment without commercial experience. Everyone has a six month contract to ensure they gain a good level of experience, but can take the final assessment any time after the first three months to complete the programme early and become a MOLA Archaeologist for the remainder of their contract. 

Upcoming start dates

Trainee Archaeologist: Unfortunately, we are not currently recruiting for this programme.

Graduate Archaeologists: Unfortunately, we are not currently recruiting for this programme. 

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