How Unified Training Initiatives are Filling Two Sector Skills Gaps at Once
We recently hosted an event in the spectacular surroundings of the Old Bailey and it was apt that, in a venue steeped in the history of social justice, we heard from Holly Price, Training and Development Director at Keltbray, who spoke eloquently about how Keltbray is helping to fill the skills shortage across the sector and, crucially, give many people who may be struggling to move beyond entry level roles the chance to advance their careers.
Here, Holly writes about MOLA and Keltbray’s long standing and very successful partnership and how this will enable us to continue to develop training initiatives to more diverse audiences in 2020.
“MOLA and Keltbray’s long standing partnership has helped to deliver many development projects based on our unique, combined expertise. Our partnership has always focused on knowledge exchange, collaborative working and continual improvement, and our construction and archaeological programmes ultimately drive early efficiencies and ensure those projects can be delivered on time and within budget. Our solutions are always tailored to the project and we continually seek to offer innovative solutions where specific project challenges exist.
“Our collaboration comes in many forms including educating our teams to work together to better deliver the overall project aims. This has included the design and delivery of training initiatives and this will continue into 2020 with the formalisation and industry recognition of these schemes. The sector-wide skills shortage often focuses on entry level positions and, while this is necessary, we have expanded our focus to ‘up’ and ‘multi’ skilling, by ensuring that access to continuous training, learning and development is in place, so that people have clear career progression roles. Importantly, this enables individuals struggling to move beyond entry levels to expand their education and experience, and to forge a career having multiple transferable skills across archaeology and enabling works.”
The MOLA Academy of Archaeological Specialist Training (MAAST) is an archaeology training initiative run by our specialists to share their expertise, so that more people can contribute to the creation of new archaeological knowledge.
We run community archaeology programmes that stimulate enquiry and promote active discovery.