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Archaeology Recommended to be Added to the Shortage Occupation List

FAME is proud to report that the Migration Advisory Committee has recommended that archaeology jobs be included on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) based upon the evidence we provided, in cooperation with CBA and CIfA. You can read our full response here. The Migration Advisory Committee recommendation is: “We recommend including archaeologists within SOC code […]

FAME and CIfA response to the “UK Shortage Occupation List” Consultation

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recently put out a call for evidence for the “UK Shortage Occupation List”. FAME and CIfA respond to their form with the following entry:   Consultation questions: Please indicate from which of these industries are you providing evidence? (Please select all that apply).  Mining and Quarrying Activities Construction Other – […]

FAME responds to parliamentary inquiry into Brexit impact on skills

Together with CIfA, FAME have responded to a consultation request from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment. The focus was future skills needs in the construction industry and the built environment professions and our focus was to draw attention to the shortage of skills in UK archaeology and the importance of […]

FAME respond to consultation on planning conditions

FAME have jointly responded, with the CIfA and the CBA,  to the governments consultation on planning conditions announced as part of the Neighbourhood Planning Bill. We have made clear that planning conditions play a crucial role in UK heritage protection and while we take note of numerous government statements that archaeology is not a target of the […]

CSCS cards for archaeologists -a joint statement from CIfA and FAME

CSCS is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry. CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out. The current system whereby most archaeologists gain CSCS accreditation will change in September 2017 when the current Construction Related Occupation (CRO) […]

CSCS Cards -a quick update

The current system whereby most archaeologists gain CSCS accreditation will change in September 2017 when the current Construction Related Occupation card is removed. CSCS are doing this, on behalf of the wider construction industry, in order to tighten up accreditation across all professional and technical occupations. In particular it is now clear that the primary […]

FAME position statement on archaeological archives

FAME undertook an extensive survey in 2012 of the problem for long-term storage of archives, and found there were 9000 homeless archives that had not been accepted by a museum or other repository (the report is available here). Since 2012 the problem has become worse, resulting in the potential value of archaeological archives being denied […]

FAME respond to UK media reports that Britain is running out of archaeologists

The Times, Radio 4 and The Daily Mail report that Britain has a serious shortage of archaeologists to handle the expected wealth of artefacts uncovered during the HS2 project. Historic England chief executive Duncan Wilson said that the project could be delayed unless hundreds of archaeologists are trained to deal with this unprecedented opportunity to explore the countryside, […]

Archaeological Apprenticeships

Last year a group of employers and organisations,  including FAME members, was successful in securing Trailblazer status under a Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) scheme to establish apprenticeships in Historic Environment Practice. The proposal is to establish an overarching qualification – “Historic Environment Practitioner” -which will provide the basis for a number of […]

CDM 2015 Revisions and Archaeology

The revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) came into effect on the 6th April. The key changes have been well publicised, and the HSE has now provided FAME with clarity regarding their exemption for ‘pre-construction archaeological investigations’. The exemption means that archaeological investigation is not ‘construction work’ within the defined meaning, and is therefore […]

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