A £120,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will finance training four people for careers in heritage for a year.
The funding is for a partnership project between West Suffolk Heritage Services and Suffolk County Council.
It will allow the trainees to pursue a future career in heritage while allowing heritage services to deliver some public services during the years.
The trainees will be selected through an open recruitment process and they will not need previous experience in heritage.
Robyn Llewellyn, head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “These trainee placements are about making sure we have the right skills to care for our heritage now and in the future.”
Cllr Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury Borough Council cabinet member for heritage, arts and culture said, “St Edmundsbury’s special heritage is a tangible and valuable asset. We need young people coming into heritage to take on this custodianship.”