Meet the HES Trainees of 2018


In 2018, the Historic Environment Skills project (HES) saw six new trainees start their careers in the built heritage sector. You can learn more about them below:


rachael_stonemasonry.jpgRachael Wragg - Stonemasonry (Lincoln Cathedral)

Rachael began her 18 month placement with Lincoln Cathedral in July 2018 and has flourished ever since. She started on York College's NVQ Level 2 in Stonemasonry and has done so well, even winning Apprentice of the Year 2018, that we have decided to continue her placement so that she can also complete the NVQ Level 3 next year. Before starting, Rachael had tried several different careers and has said that she has now found her career for life and really loves working at the Cathedral.


Vvictoria_joinery.jpgictoria Herbert - Joinery (Lincoln Cathedral)

Victoria began working with the Cathedral's Joinery team in July 2018 too and has been working towards her NVQ Level 2 in Joinery at North Notts College. She has also been managing to study for her Masters in Conservation at the University of Lincoln concurrently and has been a very enthusiastic HES trainee, helping with lots of events including Construction Week 2019.


alex_stone_masonry.jpgAlex Adams - Stonemasonry (Lincoln Cathedral)

Alex joined the HES project at the same time as Rachael and Victoria but because he had previously worked as a Mason with the National Trust and started studying stonemasonry previously, he started straight on his NVQ Level 3 at York College, which he has now finished. Alongside Rachael, he went to the European Stone Carving Festival 2019 in Trondheim and is a very passionate and talented stonemason.


Laabiyah Iqbal - Building Preservation Trust Management (Heritage Lincolnsire)

Laabiyah is working towards her IHBC Associate Membership alongside her mentor, Kathryn. She has been learning all about how Building Trusts works and has done some fantastic project work, which includes research, report writing, public consultations and sometimes, even some practical conservation. Coming from a work placement at Historic England, she has made a lot of progress since starting and has said that no week is ever the same.


asa_archaeology.jpgAsa Beeby - Archaeology (Archaeological Project Services

Asa joined APS after studying Classics & Archaeology at university where he said the Archaeology side was more theory than practice. He has become a valuable member of the team during his placement, working on his Skills Passport, his NVQ Level 3 in Archaeology and gaining plenty of experiences at excavations, community engagement activities and research. Asa has now got a really good idea about what Archaeologists do and what tools are essential for a working Archaeologist. He is now working at APS as a Site Assistant.


maeya_archaeology.jpgMaeya Ember - Archaeology (Archaeological Project Services) 

Like Asa, Maeya has now completed her twelve month placement after being awarded her NVQ Level 3 in Archaeology. Maeya is now studying towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Archaeology at the University of York and greatly appreciates the practical experience that she gained during her placement. If you've ever wondered what Archaeologists do on an average day, Maeya is a good person to ask!