The European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance CHARTER, Erasmus+ funded project, has released a new report: “Guidelines on innovative/emerging cultural heritage education and training paths”. As the result of a thoughtful, in-depth and collaborative process including partners and external stakeholders’ contributions, the project launches one of its most significant results, indicating 8 curricula pathways to be developed in light of the future needs and challenges of the sector.
In the format of guidelines, this report outlines each education and training pathway presenting its justification and context of the proposal; samples of occupations and professional profiles deriving from them; specific key structural elements including learning outcomes, heritage function covered, E&T sector targeted, EQF level, trainer/educator profile; and curricula outlines detailing the practical potential application.
Pressing matters in the sector
Among the different pathways presented, CHARTER has addressed some of the most pressing matters in the sector such as the safeguarding of traditional crafts, community engagement, sustainability in built heritage and landscape, the digital transition, collaboration with other sectors, restitution of cultural property, illicit trafficking, decolonisation, international cooperation, among many others.
This new result aims to act as a versatile framework, poised for seamless integration into regional and national educations systems or national/regional variations in skills needs and gaps. The guidelines are designed to provide:
- Steadfast support to education and training providers in the creation or modification of cultural heritage curricula.
- Assistance to cultural heritage organizations and employers in formulating bespoke in-house training for their staff.
- Guidance to prospective students in the discerning selection of heritage Education and Training (E&T) programmes.
- Insights to policymakers navigating the complexities of legislating pertinent laws and regulations.
- Scholarly direction for researchers in the field of heritage.
In closing, these guidelines transcend the conventional by not only outlining education and training pathways but by casting a visionary spotlight on the future professional profiles indispensable for the heritage sector. They serve as a strategic compass, steering the sector towards a sustainable future.
CHARTER, the European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance, brings together and represents the whole range of the cultural heritage sector in Europe. The 47 project partners strive towards making apparent the value of cultural heritage and creating a resilient and responsive sector.
CHARTER works towards creating a lasting, comprehensive strategy that will guarantee Europe has the necessary cultural heritage skills to support sustainable societies and economies.
The Erasmus+ funded project maps the current and future needs of the sector to bridge the gap of skills shortages and mismatches between the educational and occupational fields.