Exciting new digital traineeship opens up at Norfolk Record Office

10 August 2018

Norfolk history enthusiasts with an interest in digital technology can apply for a new role to help preserve the county’s history for future generations.

National Lottery funding has allowed the Bridging the Digital Gap scheme to run at Norfolk County Council’s Record Office (NRO), with the aim of bringing in new talent and innovative thinking in order to keep the past alive for future generations. NRO is now recruiting for a budding digital archive trainee, and is accepting applications until 17 August.

Digital records are part of our daily life, but how do we make sure that they can still be used in 10, 20, or 100 years’ time? 

The 15 month-long ‘Bridging the Digital Gap’ traineeship is an exciting opportunity for those who enjoy working with digital and technological systems at college or in their job, and are looking for a challenging I.T focused training and development opportunity. The recruitment process will be shared with East Anglian Film Archive, which is also recruiting a trainee, so there will be two traineeships based in Norfolk.

At Norfolk Record Office the trainee will learn the skills needed to manage records and the information they contain, how to manipulate the metadata which describes them, and how to make them available to the public. This is an opportunity to help safeguard Norfolk’s past and preserve citizenship and other records for the people of Norfolk in the future.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Communities Committee, said: “Part of the challenge at Norfolk Record Office is to not only look at the past, but to the future, too. Our world is increasingly a digital one, and Norfolk County Council is  always looking to improve how we offer people access to as many of the incredible records we have. This new traineeship is a fantastic opportunity to improve our digital offering.”

Trainees will spend a year working on projects as well as being given access to bespoke online training in a series of modules designed to support their progression. This will guide them through an introduction to the archives sector, then through modules on digital acquisition, preservation, access, and engagement.

To be qualified for this traineeship, candidates must have either an A level or equivalent qualification in science, maths, computing or relevant technical subject, or demonstrable experience in using these skills in the workplace or voluntary activity. They should have energy and digital confidence to help both keep recent history safe and also to find new ways for people to access and learn from that heritage. 

This traineeship is offered as part of Bridging the Digital Gap, and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

How to apply

People interested in applying can view the National Archives website, where they can find more information and the links to each traineeship offered across the UK, including Norfolk Record Office and East Anglian Film Archive.

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