Apprentice Archaeological Technician ARCHAEOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Foundations is looking for someone who is enthusiastic, ethical, hard-working and flexible, as well as being able to use their initiative. The successful candidate will be required to work effectively as a team player as well as independently and must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8am till 4pm. 30 min unpaid lunch break each day, if you are working on site you are also given a half hour (paid) morning break.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    17 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    23 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Archaeological fieldwork, under appropriate supervision. Undertaking various duties, including:

  • Travel to and from sites. If required, short, medium and long term stay-away

  • Archaeological duties commensurate with level of experience/ability

  • Archaeological surveying, both manual and digital
  • Archaeological cleaning, excavation, interpretation and recording
  • General site duties, such as erecting safety fencing, moving samples, making good etc.

Post-fieldwork duties, including:

  • Finds processing, including washing, collation, quantification, marking and packaging
  • Archaeological post-excavation work including digitising, illustration, data analysis/input, limited report writing and research

The training you will be getting

Archaeological Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

  • Much of your training will take place at the employer’s offices in Swindon, with occasional additional training taking place at Cirencester College

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Following the completion of the apprenticeship, if a position is available you will be offered a full time position as an archaeologist. If the candidate is interested in joining CIfA, we would help progress them to PCIfA level (average duration for the successful completion of this course is three months).

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent History (Grade 5) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 5) Desired

Things to consider

This job will include some stayaway work, this is normally just during the working week, however, there have been rare occasions when the site has too remote and weekend accommodation has been provided. Projects also change at the last minute, so you may only find out at short notice that you will be working away, which can cause issues if you have family/personal commitments. The successful candidate will need to be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions and be happy travelling around the country. Cirencester College reserves the right to close this vacancy before the stated deadline once sufficient applications have been received

About the employer

Since 1995, Foundations Archaeology has been providing high-quality and cost-effective Archaeology and Built Heritage solutions across the UK. Whatever the size of your project, from a single house extension to a large housing development, renewable energy project, pipeline or road scheme, Foundations Archaeology has the experience to assist you at every stage. Our wide range of services assist clients from the pre-planning advice stage through to discharge of planning conditions. Foundations Archaeology offers a comprehensive and professional nationwide service, providing commercially aware support where and when our clients need it. Our repeat business shows our dedication and commitment to our clients.








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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Kate Tingle

01285 626259

Apprenticeship standard

Archaeological technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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