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Skills Audit and Training Plans for the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

FUNDERS & PARTNERS: Heritage Lottery Fund, Inner Forth Landscape Initiative
LOCATION: Firth of Forth area

We carried out consultation among local heritage groups around the upper Firth of Forth to gather information on their training needs and their interests and aspirations regarding local heritage, particularly regarding the IFLI themes of mining and trading.  This identified strong desires to see mining heritage recorded, celebrated and shared and a range of interests in the movement of people and resources around the estuary in the past. 

We developed a strategy for meeting the groups' training needs through mechanisms for delivering hands-on training via practical involvement in IFLI projects, including several we designed.  This led to a second commission, to scope opportunities and mechanisms for supporting formal training in cultural heritage to provide hands-on training and bring expertise into the IFLI programme.  Through consultation with higher education and vocational training providers around the area, we developed a training plan that included agreements to set up bursaries to support dissertations, vocational training, placements with cultural heritage organisations and documentary film-making projects for students on courses relevant to IFLI themes and objectives.

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