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Skills and apprenticeships

CILIP’s Workforce Development Strategy 2019-2024 sets out our medium-term strategy for skills development in the information profession:

“While traditional roles will still continue to exist long into the future, our profession is increasingly identified with a broader range of roles embedded into their organisations and communities in different ways.

The skillsets required of information professionals are changing and developing all the time in response to the changing needs of information users, changing formats and the changing contexts in which information, knowledge and data are used.

We believe that the diversity and adaptability of our skills is a strength which we need to build on to secure the long-term future of the information professional workforce.”

CILIP is committed to helping sector employers access the information professional skills, competencies and expertise they need, now and for the future.

Sector skills model and career planning tool

CILIP is responsible for publishing and developing the ‘PKSB’, which combines:

  • An evolving model of the hard and soft skills needed by information professionals
  • An interactive tool for skills mapping and career planning

We work on an ongoing basis with employers across a range of industry sectors to identify how their skills needs are changing and to incorporate these changes into the PKSB. This means we are able to provide an evolving ongoing standard to support you in recruitment and staff development.


CILIP believes in quality diverse routes into the profession to attract and retain the diverse talent needed for a future-fit workforce. Apprenticeships offer the blend formal learning and on the job experience, with the opportunity for the apprentice to earn as they qualify.

Since 2017, England has been improving the delivery of apprenticeships. CILIP was instrumental in the development of the English Level 3 Library, Information and Archives Services Assistant Apprenticeship. The Standard was approved for use in December 2018. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have their own independent apprenticeship arrangements you can find details here:

Skills Development Scotland
Welsh Government

We recognise apprenticeships as an excellent workforce development route. The standards-driven learning and robust assessment will develop professionals ready to deliver high quality, forward-thinking services. Several other Apprenticeships are in development or available to the profession

  • Level 3 - Library, Information and Archive Services Assistant
  • Level 4 - Information Manager
  • Level 7 - Health and Care Intelligence Specialist
  • Level 7 - Archives and Record Management

Details of all can be found on the IFATE website.

CILIP is actively pursuing the development of a Level 7 Library and Information profession apprenticeship Standard. Please contact for more details

For more information on developing your workforce you can use CILIP’s Workforce development hub

If you employ apprentices on the Level 3 Library, Information and Archive Services Assistant apprenticeship standard, CILIP Pathways can provide quality end point assessment services.

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