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Listening to the Past, Speaking to the Future: the Report of the Archives Task Force: Annex G: Archives Workforce Study

Publications:
Main Document 2.77 MB

2004

This report is designed to ‘help archives recruit, retain, support and develop a workforce appropriate to current and future service needs’ (Resource).
The aim of the report is to provide the archives sector with information about its key workforce issues and make recommendations for improvements.

The research investigated the following areas:
• Employers’ needs and the course curriculum
• Career choice
• Recruitment and selection
• The retention of professional staff
• Training and development
• Career aspirations and opportunities
• Leadership and succession planning

In the course of this research data have been gathered which show that there are a number of interrelated issues which are having a negative influence on the sector in terms of: attracting people to work in the sector; developing employees to meet employers needs (since there is now very limited scope to increase the content of professional qualification courses and the provision of training varies greatly across the sector); balancing the supply of and demand for employees; facilitating career progression and professional development. There is a skills gap in terms of leadership within the sector and confusion about sectoral leadership. Due to the overlap between some issues a number of areas have been combined within this report.

Publisher


MLA Archives Task Force

Year published


2004

Commissioned by


MLA Archives

Author organisation


National Council on Archives/University of Sheffield

Document type

PDF

Document size

2.7MB

Domains


Archives

Other keywords


transformation
strategy
strategic aim
skills
research and evidence
employment
research
focus groups
literature review
full/part time
policy statement
national
professions/skills
qualitative
quantitative