Ilford trainees who beat 500 applicants find work in heritage

Two Ilford trainees, who beat 500 other applications to get on a heritage scheme, have found work after completing their placements.

Nowrujee Ali and Pavani Srikanda were among the inaugural set of trainees on a programme run by heritage charity Cultural Co-operation and paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Trainees received a bursary of �13,500 and achieved diplomas in cultural heritage. Nowrujee completed her traineeship with Historic Royal Palaces and is now part of the Teach First scheme.


She said: “I gained a valuable insight into the culture and heritage sector and I understand and feel a part of British heritage.”

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Pavani trained with Cultural Co-operation where she will stay on in a paid role supporting artists through the charity’s network programme. A second round of year-long training schemes are being offered and the programme aims to increase workforce diversity by concentrating on under-represented groups.

To find out more about the programme and how to apply, visit

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