Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey


The Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project has commenced 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 a majority of the funds to deliver the project. However, we still have a final push for the last £300,000 to be able to complete the project.

We have launched a new apprenticeship scheme, funded by the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project, to help even more young people gain the skills required for a future in heritage railways.

The two and three year apprenticeships are being offered in engineering, countryside work and business support and have been specially created and designed to meet the requirements of the Government’s apprenticeships scheme.

Our apprentices gain an introduction to the world of work, practical knowledge in preserving heritage and how to engage with the public. We hope that as many apprentices as possible will be able to stay with the railway once they successfully complete their training and will play a vital role in the future of the railway.

  • Engineering - Apprentices are learning a wide range of engineering skills which will include working on our engines and carriages. This is a 3-year apprenticeship.
  • Business Support - Apprentices are receiving training in all our business functions of finance, IT, marketing, commercial, HR and operations areas.
  • Countryside Work - Apprentices are working towards a level 2 qualification in Environmental Conservation and are learning a wide range of practical skills.

A total of 12 apprentices are being recruited and trained across the five years of the project, which commenced in 2019.

A Partnership Approach

We are working together with the North York Moors National Park to provide the Countryside Worker Apprenticeship. The Authority already had a long standing and award winning countryside apprenticeship programme. We are also working with local engineering apprenticeship experts to ensure we provide a high standard of training in Mechanical Engineering. We also offer a Business Support apprenticeship for the railway managers of the future.

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