New research published today by Historic England on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum, shows the value of heritage to the North West economy.

Heritage is an important sector which contributes to economic prosperity and growth through jobs in the heritage and construction sectors and from tourism. This new report has a focus on skills, examining the skills needs and gaps in the heritage sector.

The latest figures have been collected and analysed for Historic England by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) and are published in Heritage and the Economy 2019.

The data for the North West shows that Heritage provides a total GVA of £2.5bn (1.4% of the North West’s GVA) and that it provides over 46,000 jobs while for every directly-related job in the heritage sector, 1.26 jobs are supported through their activity

Catherine Dewar, Regional Director for Historic England in the North West, said: ‘We are concerned about skills gaps and skills shortages in the heritage sector. We think a great way to start to address this is through in-work training and we’re leading the sector on the development of early career support through apprenticeships. Last year we launched a brand new programme providing 11 heritage apprenticeships at Historic England and we now have some great new colleagues working with us. We also provide on-going career support through our continuing professional development training programmes which remain popular with people in all sectors.’


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