Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey


Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project will start this spring thanks to a £4.4m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The £10m project has also received £1.75 million from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), as well as contributions from local organisations and private donors. With a combination of donations and grants, the railway has raised 90% of the funds to deliver the project. However, we still need to raise an additional £1 million by 2022 to be able to complete the project.

The NYMR has a good record of apprentice training in the at-risk specialist skills of locomotive and carriage conservation and engineering.We want to expand the scope of our scheme from its current narrow base, introducing more young people to the world of work in a heritage environment.

To do this we aim to launch a new NYMR apprenticeship scheme, with training offered in the three areas of Engineering, Countryside Worker and Railway Administration. Apprenticeships will meet the requirements of the new Government Apprentice scheme and will not necessarily be tied to forthcoming vacancies, but rather they will provide young people with an introduction to the world of work, engagement with the job of preserving heritage and offering it to the public, and preparing them for the future job market. All candidates will be offered a two-year apprenticeship.

In many respects the NYMR has been very successful when it comes to apprenticeships. Over the years we have taken on a number of raw recruits at Grosmont and, thanks to our involvement with the Boiler and Engineering Skills Training Trust (BESTT) boilersmith training scheme, we have helped ensure that these essential skills are passed on. Unfortunately, retaining those apprentices upon completion of their training has not always been possible.

Supported by part of the funding of the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project, our apprentice strand aims to train a new generation of staff for all or part of our magnificent railway.We will shape the scheme so that as many as possible of our trainees will be able to stay with the NYMR once trained.

The Scheme

We are planning to recruit a total of 12 apprentices over the five years of the HLF Project starting in 2019.

We will be using the full breadth of the railway’s various facilities and disciplines so that the young people will be equipped for their future working life, whether they stay with the NYMR or move on once they have been trained.We plan to include training within Operations, Carriage & Wagon, Permanent Way, Signalling, Finance, Customer Care, Grosmont MPD and Personnel.

The HLF Apprentice Strand team are working very hard to establish a plan that will deliver stronger in-depth and first-class training schemes in Engineering, Administration or Countryside Work, Making the NYMR the place to come for young people who want to follow those specialisms. Our broad training scheme will generally be aimed more at local young people with no specific vocation, offering excellence in the overall quality of training whilst not focusing solely on one area of activity. But for those who are very clear on the specialism they want to pursue, we will be able to offer a more specialist approach.

A Partnership Approach

We are working with the North York Moors National Park Authority (who have an award winning scheme) and with local Engineering Apprenticeship experts to help us to provide a high standard of training. We are committed to producing a scheme which is special, distinctive and will catch the imagination of HLF as well as being something trainees will be proud to be part of.The tremendous payback for the NYMR will be the creation of a forward-looking team of young people who will change the atmosphere of the railway, the contribution from the work they do, the opportunity to encourage the best ones to stay with us and the reward of being seen to play a full part in the community as a quality trainer and employer.

The Difference You Can Make 

We are very excited by the work we have started. With your help, we will be able to fund a specialist supervisor for the five year life of the project, together, of course, with 12 apprentices over the life of the programme. We will also be exploring grant aid from other sources to build the programme still further. We would like the apprenticeship programme to become a permanent part of NYMR activity.

Applications Now Open

We are pleased to now be able to offer workplace training apprenticeship programmes in Mechanical Engineering and in Business Support. We are also working together with the North York Moors National Park to offer a fantastic Countryside Worker Apprenticeship

Your support and generosity can help us achieve our goal, Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey!