Cotswold Archaeology are delighted to announced that our Career Development Programme won the 2016 Archaeological Training Forum award, presented at this years’ Chartered Institute for Archaeologists conference in Leicester. The current scheme is the culmination of a sustained period of hard work from the staff in involved in the programme, and Ian Barnes and Rosanna Price collected the award on our behalf.
Over the years we have found that many talented archaeologists want a clear career path, with clearly defined goals. Since 2010, Cotswold Archaeology has sought to develop a coherent Career Development Programme to support employees to reach their potential. Around 50 staff have benefited from the training provided and have taken at least one of the career steps supported. The 2016 group of Trainees, Supervisor Designates, Post Excavation Supervisor Designates and Project Officer Designates amounts to 16 staff members who might otherwise have found it challenging to make their respective promotions.
Cotswold Archaeology recognises both an opportunity and a need to help its employees realise their potential across all grades of archaeological employment, with the added benefits of improving staff retention and progression within the company. We also saw an opportunity to tie together the professional standards established and expounded by the Chartered Institute for Archaeology from the earliest career stage possible.