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Preserving the Railway for future generations

In the past few years the SVR's Heritage Skills Academy has become a well-established part of the Railway's operation. During the current year, it's receiving the majority of its funding from the SVR Charitable Trust.

There are currently six young people working and learning across the different departments; locomotive running, boiler shop, carriage mechanical and carriage bodywork.

Initially, apprentices rotate around these departments in order to gain experience and knowledge across a range of trades. After two years, they're assigned to one of the departments to pursue a specialisation.

As well as intensive on-the-job training, apprentices work towards nationally-recognised NVQ 2 and 3 level qualifications.

As the apprentices gain experience, the Railway is able to utilise their skills to carry out outside contract work for other heritage organisations. This brings in additional income to the Railway, all of which can be channeled back into restoration projects. For example, third year apprentice Emma Harrison was involved in servicing two batches of locks for the Kent and East Sussex Railway.

It costs £21,000 to fund an apprentice for one year. Could you help to develop and support the SVR's future heritage engineers? Please donate online.


"As apprentices, we rotate round the different departments every few months. Right now I'm in the paint shop working on both metal and wood parts. Soon I'm hoping to improve my carpentry skills when I work in the upholstery section. I love that there is always something new to do and learn."

Emma Harrison

"After volunteering for the SVR for seven years I've turned my hobby into a career. I chose the apprenticeship here because I have a large passion for railways and the SVR in particular. I love coming to work, in fact it hardly feels like a job."

Alan Brookes


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