The development of the Heritage Skills Passport

The original House and Collections’ Heritage Skills Passport used in year 1 was put together by Katie Laidlaw and developed using a select number of units from recognised qualifications, such as Icon’s Conservation Technician Qualification.

View the original House and Collections’ Heritage Skills Passport here

Feedback from a national pilot of the passport in 2009/2010 highlighted that while it was seen as a very positive tool for development, the language used was a barrier.

From feedback received by year 1 trainees who trialled the initiative, they asked questions such as how did you know when you had passed the Heritage Skills Passport. Trainees wanted credibility given to what they were achieving.

After consultation with a focus group of house staff and conservators, the standards were translated into National Trust language and learning points created to cover other key areas.

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