About the project 

To follow up on the success of the SHTP project, National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) has launched a revised version of the training partnership with the same aims behind it. The Heritage Lottery Fund has provided a grant of £409,000 towards a total project cost of £424,900 for the SHTP 2 project which will provide training, skills and experience to  support the historic ships sector.

SHTP 2 will offer a total of sixteen 12-month training placements at eight partner sites around the UK. Trainees will learn either the on-board specialist skills needed to operate historic vessels, or the skills and ethical approaches related to  museum ship keeping. The trainees take a tailored course in historic vessel maintenance at the International Boatbuilding Training College, learn basic sailing techniques at a sea school in Cornwall and undertake qualifications in conserving historic vessels accredited by NHS-UK.

Where will I be based? 

The placements will be based at eight different locations throughout the UK, delivering skills in maintaining, operating and conserving historic boats.

Two training routes available are:

  • Traditional seamanship
  • Museum shipkeeping

We wish to hear from a diverse range of applicants. Successful applicants will be placed with one of the partner organisations based in Anstruther, Brixham, Maldon, Brightlingsea, London, Lowestoft, Portsmouth and Hamble for the main summer sailing season and for part of the winter refit programme where there will be a chance to develop practical skills (including vessel handling using the vessels owned by the partners) by working with experienced crew or museum staff. The traineeships include a period of practical study at the International Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft, Suffolk, and distance learning course in Historic Vessel Conservation.

There will also be the opportunity to visit other historic vessels and museums to gain experience of different organisations and types of traditional rig on a rotation basis. By the end of the year, trainees will have built up a record of operational, maintenance, conservation and interpretation skills and will be able to gain certificates from National Historic Ships UK.

Although the eight traineeships all cover the essential skills needed for a career in the historic ships or maritime heritage industry, each placement offers a slightly different experience depending on the main purpose of the host organisation and its vessels – see the two training route job description for more detail.

Our criteria 

Applicants will need to have achieved GCSE grade C or equivalent, in English and Mathematics, in order to apply. No other qualifications or specific experience in sailing are required, but an interest in maritime heritage is desirable and applicants must be able to demonstrate that they: are interested in a long-term career in this sector; can communicate effectively in speaking and writing; work both independently and as part of a team; and have practical aptitude for being on board a vessel at sea or in a museum setting. You'll also need to be willing to engage with a wide range of different audiences.

To find out more about the project, download our SHTP 2 Training Plan.

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