Secure a bright future with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is working together with the North York Moors National Park to offer fantastic apprenticeship opportunities thanks to the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Three Countryside Worker Apprentices will take part in ecology, maintenance and restoration projects within the North York Moors National Park and on the NYMR. In addition, the Apprentices will carry out general rights of way maintenance, work closely with the National Park Ranger Service and complete a range of training courses including lineside safety, first aid and chainsaw work. They will complete a Level 2 qualification in Environmental Conservation over two years.

Those interested in applying for the Countryside Worker Apprenticeship should contact [email protected]. The closing date for completed applications is Friday 12 July.

Chris Price, NYMR General Manager, said: “Using money raised by the National Lottery Players the NYMR can inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future”.

Debbie Trafford, Head of Recreation and Ranger Services at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “This is a fantastic and unique opportunity for young people to learn a wide range of skills which will help to conserve and protect the National Park and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the future. Apprenticeships offer a truly hands-on experience, and this would be an ideal first step for anyone interested in a career looking after the countryside. In the past, our Countryside Worker Apprentices have gone on to become tree surgeons, forestry officers and full-time Rangers, and we look forward to working with the NYMR to offer three more young people the chance to further develop their interests in the glorious North York Moors.”

Additionally, the NYMR is also recruiting for committed individuals to apply for its workplace training apprenticeships including Mechanical Engineering and Business support.  

Working with NETA Training Group, the Mechanical Engineering apprentices will work on the railway’s historic engines and carriage fleet, learning unique skills as they work alongside professional engineers.

In conjunction with TYRO Training, the Business Support apprentices, will receive training in various departments including Finance, IT, Marketing, Commercial, HR and Operations areas. This will provide an invaluable insight into how a heritage railway functions, whilst providing an excellent grounding if you wish to pursue a career in a fast-paced tourist attraction.

Apprenticeships roles are limited so those interested in applying for Mechanical Engineering/Business support roles should contact [email protected]. The closing date for completed applications is Friday 12th July.

For further information on NETA Training Group visit and TYRO Training visit

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for and protect this beautiful corner of Yorkshire; balancing the needs of its people, the natural heritage, it’s historic culture and the visitors who come to enjoy the area. Visit


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Notes for editors

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is an award-winning charitable trust that carries 300,000 unique passengers every year. It is Britain’s most popular heritage railway and is one of the best visitor attractions in the North East.

The NYMR trust relies heavily on donations and the work of its many volunteers. The 180-year old railway needs to raise £1million by 2022 so its railway bridges and its 50-100-year-old vehicles can remain viable.

  • The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway it owns from Pickering to Grosmont.
  • The heritage railway operates over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby.
  • The charity provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public.
  • The NYMR is an Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages.
  • The railway is a fully accredited museum.

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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