English Heritage said it is responding to problems with planning posts reported by local authorities. The level of trainees in heritage-related areas in England has fallen by 13 per cent in two years.
Traineeships in historic buildings and archaeology will be offered to graduates in the hope that they will then take local authority jobs. English Heritage also pledged to train local authority members and staff.
Launching the sixth annual survey of the state of the historic environment, chief executive Simon Thurley said fostering skills is crucial to meet the challenges of buildings at risk, erosion of conservation areas, housing growth and market renewal.
"We need to focus on the essential issue of craft and professional skills and prepare ourselves for the arrival of the new heritage protection system," he added.
Heritage Counts is available at PlanningResource.co.uk/doc.