Keeping steam locomotives working is an expanding business with a lack of skilled people to fill current jobs available so this type of training can lead to good job opportunities. As well as maintaining Britain's great transport heritage, working on historic machinery also provides excellent engineering training and can be applied to most types of engineering.
The Boiler and Engineering Skills Training Trust (BESTT) is a charity entirely dedicated to training and looks for experienced trainers keen to pass on their knowledge. With Heritage Lottery Fund support, BESTT is offering up to 8 one year paid traineeships in Loughborough, Yorkshire and other locations.
You do not need any previous experience and we are particularly looking for people "new" to the heritage sector, especially if you are from an ethnic minority, a woman, or live in a regeneration area. Anyone over 18 who would like to gain training and hands on engineering experience can apply to the scheme. You will need to live, move or be able to stay within commuting distance of one of the training locations.
Your salary will be £11,000 at age 18 or £15,000 at age 22 and in addition you will receive a £3,000 bonus on successful completion of the course and award of the BESTT certificate which is widely recognised in the sector.
The workshops where training takes place are usually large and well equipped with a mix of paid staff and volunteers and the work ranges from full locomotive rebuild to running repairs giving a wide range of practical experience.
If this is of interest please reply to this ad. We can then give you more information on the scheme and invite you to a taster day at one of the heritage workshops so you can see the type of work and talk to our engineer trainers.
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