Learning support in a changing climate

REVIEW AND ANALYSIS !# training o!erings, such as the IHBC’s Self Starter resources (ihbc.org. uk/selfstarter), which is especially useful for early career conservation professionals, the CPD events calendar and the IHBC MATE page, for those seeking guidance and support on the application process for associate and full IHBC membership. This new page is now available and can be accessed using the quick link, training.ihbc.org.uk. In addition, the education, training and application support o%cer has also attended several local branch committee meetings, alongside the branch liaison and support o%cer. This provides a valuable opportunity to meet with regional members to introduce the CPD pilot in more detail and answer questions, whilst also getting a better idea of the current pressures facing practitioners, and their training needs. The suggestions received have been added to a short list, which will inform the programme of additional training o!erings either as part of the CPD project or via separate means. This engagement with members is important in order to ensure that the training o!ered remains relevant and addresses the current needs in the sector across all regions. Accessibility is also key and with greater access to video conferencing, it is now possible to deliver hybrid training events, enabling branches to reach a wider audience including those who may not otherwise be able to attend. Some regions will already have experience of arranging such training events, while this will be new to others. By working collaboratively with branches to trial hybrid events, we hope to establish a workable format that can be applied by all branches, easily and e!ectively, to ensure that members across all IHBC regions continue to benefit from high quality and accessible CPD training. With this in mind, work is currently underway to deliver a series of training webinars and podcasts which will explore technical conservation topics, such as retrofit and building regulations, from a traditional historic building perspective. By utilising these accessible online formats we are able to engage with those who have experience of working in the field. Sharing their knowledge and experience provides value to both experienced and early career practitioners through relevant updates and practical examples of how this information might be applied, day-to-day. This will be especially tailored to local authority sta! and heritage practitioners, but will be equally beneficial for those working in the construction industry who may encounter traditional and historic buildings in their work. Recognition of one’s training and awareness in the sector also remains important and helps to di!erentiate those who show continued commitment to their own professional development and promote informed conservation practice. Supporters are now able to apply for a%liate membership, which is now formally assessed, using a streamlined application form. This is accompanied by a suite of supplementary guidance documents and accessible resources, all designed to support applicants through the application process, and further their professional accreditation status. Supporters can also access free monthly dropin supporter surgeries to get their questions answered. Further details can be found at a%liate.ihbc.org.uk. As the IHBC continues to develop its existing programme of education and training resources to help members across all regions access relevant and informative training opportunities, it is hoped that members will continue to prioritise their own personal development and make time in their increasingly busy diaries to expand their learning. Our aim is to facilitate sustainable and informed evaluation, management and intervention in the historic environment, long into the future. Anna Hart is the IHBC’s Education, Training and Application Support O!cer. Anyone with questions relating to the IHBCs current training o"erings or the CPD pilot is welcome to contact her at training@ihbc.org.uk. Matt Fulford of Inspired Efficiency outlines the decarbonisation of heating in churches at the Future of Heating in Historic Buildings conference in !"!!, which was supported by the IHBC $ https://ihbconline.co.uk/toolbox/position_ statement/sustainablilityconservation.html