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Conservation Officers: Training

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what training her Department provides for local authority conservation officers. (127646)

My Department does not provide training for local authority conservation officers. However, English Heritage offers a range of developmental opportunities for conservation officers and other historic environment professionals.

These include training organised through the Historic Environment Local Management (HELM) project, and through the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education Professional Training in the Historic Environment programme.

English Heritage also works closely with the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). A recently completed English Heritage/IHBC survey of conservation officers in England will help to identify their training needs, and in turn inform future training provision.