Lottery gives Ffestiniog Railway £454,000 for heritage skills training

THE Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways has scooped £454,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to keep traditional skills alive for future generations.

Part of the Lottery’s Skills for the Future scheme, the money will fund an ambitious programme which is now seeking to recruit 20 trainees over a two-year period.

With snow-covered Snowdon in the background, South African Railways NGG16 2-8-2+2-8-2 Garratt No. 138 approaches Rhyd Ddu on the Welsh Highland Railway on April 5. PHIL WATERFIELD

Under the scheme, the railway aims to attract trainees in order to share the heritage skills of its existing workforce and in encourage careers in the sector.

Skills areas covered by the scheme include horticulture, heritage joinery, heritage mechanical engineering, dry stone walling, permanent way engineering and heritage interpretation; the scheme will work in collaboration with local partners and colleges.

Former headmistress Karen Spring has been appointed as project manager and is now preparing for the first round of trainees who will join the programme in September.

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