Professional Skills, Training and Specialisms


The Professional Skills, Training and Specialisms Working Group will address several of the key objectives of the Archaeology 2030 Strategy under Aim 5: Innovation, Understanding and Skills Developing learning and skills to equip current and future generations. 

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Key Areas:

The development, growth and sharing of knowledge and skills is critical if the archaeology sector is to thrive and be fit for purpose. The working group will address issues in the sector to: 

  • Define industry standards, competencies, and career pathways 
  • Develop opportunities and tools to actively support Professional Development within the sector 
  • Identify and articulate future skill needs, including specialist skill areas 
  • Explore and develop archaeological and heritage skills for new graduates 

Strategic Objectives

Specialist Skills; Professional Pathways, Future Investment

Participants and Collaboration

Engagement with the archaeological sector will be an important element when defining industry roles and minimum standards, developing career pathways and tools for accreditation, and designing training pathways and opportunities. The working group will also establish strong links to the Standards and Guidance Working Group and emerging the Research Framework for Ireland to develop specialist training opportunities and ensure that outputs are well understood within the profession.  

Key People

Working Group Chair: Kate Geary & Cara Jones

Kate Geary, MCIfA is Head of Professional Development and Practice at the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), responsible for strategic matters relating to professional development and the historic environment, including training, CPD, qualifications and for professional practice issues and policy. Previously an archaeologist working mainly in historic environment advice roles, she started working for CIfA in January 2005, moving to her current role in 2017. Kate sits on the Project Board as co-chair of the Professional.

Cara Jones works within the Professional Development and Practice team at the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). Graduating from Cardiff University, Cara has been working in Scotland since 2005 as a field archaeologist, heritage consultant, local authority archaeologist and project manager in community archaeology. Working UK wide with her role at CIfA, Cara leads on the development of training and professional development initiatives for archaeologists in Scotland and contributes to linked initiatives throughout the UK. On behalf of CIfA, Cara leads Aim 5 (Innovation and Skills) of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy and has been part of the active delivery of the strategy since it’s launch in 2015.

Cara sits on the Project Board as co-chair of the Professional Skills, Training and Specialisms Working Group.

Draft Working Group Action Plan

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