We’re Hiring!

‘Bridging the Digital Gap’ trainee: Oct 2019-Dec 2020 – 32 hours a week – £14,500 per annum – deadline 5 June 2019.

  • Would you love to work at Heritage Quay?
  • Do you enjoy working with technology and digital systems at college, or at your job or voluntary work?
  • Are you looking for a challenging development opportunity with a digital focus?
  • Would you like supportive on-the-job training and to do real work in a rapidly developing area for the archive sector?

We are now recruiting for a 15-month ‘Bridging the Digital Gap’ trainee. This is part of The National Archives’ initiative to bring new talent into the archives sector, helping us to preserve digital material for future generations and make it accessible.

Why do we need a trainee and what’s the ‘digital gap’?

The records we create now are increasingly digital, not paper, and have been for some time. If we don’t take action to improve the way we can manage digital material, our history is going to fall into the ‘digital gap’. There is also increased opportunity for digital engagement with archives, enabling collections to be shared with a much wider audience in new and exciting ways. The trainees on this scheme will therefore be playing a vitally important role in helping us learn how to preserve, manage, and make available our digital history.

What will the trainee do?

There are eight traineeships available in this year’s cohort, four in Yorkshire and four in London. Heritage Quay will be hosting one trainee from October 2019 for the 32-hour a week, 15-month placement.

The role here will be truly varied, particularly as Heritage Quay is a joint Archives and Records Management Service, which means you will be working with the University’s current business records in addition to our archive collections. Highlights of the role include:

  • Piloting the enhancement of online exhibitions
  • Participating in digitisation projects
  • Supporting projects for the development of the University’s electronic records management system
  • Assisting with the development of procedures for born-digital collections
  • Piloting workflows to manage preservation of digital material

What will you get out of it?

Whilst your digital skills and fresh approach will help us to enhance our digital capabilities, the scheme is also an excellent opportunity to develop your own skills. In addition to learning on the job and gaining experience with real projects, you will participate in an e-learning programme and face-to-face workshops, collaborate with other trainees, and work towards a professional certificate recognised by the Archives and Records Association.

Who are we looking for?

The traineeship is perfect for anyone interested in digital technology and looking for a challenging development opportunity. The only qualifications you’ll need are either A Level(s)/Level 3 qualification(s) in Science, Maths, Computing or another technical subject or demonstrable experience in using technical skills. In addition to an interest in and experience with digital technology, we’re looking for a good communicator and problem solver with organisational and people skills.

What do I do if I’m interested?

If you think that this is the role for you, the full job advert and details on how to apply are available on Civil Service Jobs; all applications should be submitted there.

If you have any questions about the role, contact Sian Astill at s.astill@hud.ac.uk or on 01484 472963.

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