Identifying talented graduates and developing their skills through mentorship and ‘on the job’ training is a key element of AHS’s strategy for recruitment and business growth.
We are extremely proud of our industry-leading graduate training program which offers 12-month traineeship positions and a pathway into permanent roles within the cultural heritage industry.
Our graduates receive specialist training and development in cultural heritage work including experience in research, fieldwork, and developing strategic frameworks and management policies for places of Aboriginal, historic, and natural heritage significance.
This commitment to our graduate trainee program delivers a range of benefits to the successful candidates, to AHS, and to the wider industry.
Specialist training and development
The two most recent graduates to join the AHS team are trainee archaeologists Samantha Stephens and Damian Wood, who were the outstanding candidates from a competitive field of 85 applicants.
“I was absolutely delighted to be accepted onto the AHS graduate program,” Samantha said.
“The prospect of being mentored by respected professionals made this a really exciting opportunity.
“Starting the graduate position I quickly learned that working in the heritage industry requires a diverse skill set that can’t be achieved by completing any single qualification or course, so it’s amazing that a business like AHS is offering graduate schemes.”
“Working on real projects as part of the AHS team has definitely helped me to learn and develop new skills,” she said. “I recently returned from a site visit to the Rockhampton Roundhouse with our Managing Director Benjamin Gall which was a great learning experience for me.”
Damian agreed that operating alongside the experienced, multidisciplinary AHS team has been invaluable in his development as an archaeologist and cultural heritage practitioner.
“Each week I’m getting to spend time in the field alongside my co-workers and am learning so much. Many of my co-workers began where I am now, as a graduate, and so it’s exciting to see where the job can take me and how valued they have become at AHS.”
“Owen Budd and myself were recently on a week-long site visit to Stanwell near Rockhampton to assist with a client’s cultural heritage project. Working alongside Owen in the field has really helped to develop my understanding of the skills required to be successful in this role.”
Graduates progress to permanent positions
The latest round of our graduate program was open to applicants with a tertiary qualification in history, archaeology, architecture or planning who demonstrated an understanding of Australia’s history and held a passion for preserving cultural heritage.
Many of our previous trainees, including Archaeologist Owen Budd and Senior Heritage Consultant Amy Aitken, have progressed to permanent positions with AHS which is a testament to the success of the graduate program.
We are also proud to contribute to the future of cultural heritage consulting by sharing skills, developing talented young professionals, and providing ongoing mentorship within the industry.