Monmouthshire Libraries celebrated the achievement of 16 CLOCH trainees at the CLOCH conference on Thursday 27 November 2014. The Conserving Local Communities Heritage (CLOCH) was part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Skills for the Future’ programme and over a period of three years has supported yearlong paid traineeships in the heritage sector. The trainees had access to hands on experience and accredited learning through a series of placements in libraries, archives and museums. CLOCH was very much a partnership project, led by Glamorgan Archives and has provided individuals with a life changing opportunity; whilst also enabling the development of integrated partnerships between heritage organisations across South Wales and between the local authority and higher education sectors.
Monmouthshire Libraries provided placements for CLOCH trainees Stephen Assender, based in Chepstow Library and Thomas Davies based in Monmouth Library. Thomas also worked in partnership with the Monmouth Museum and The Shire Hall during his traineeship.
The CLOCH trainees were presented their certificates by Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism.