The Apprentice: NYMR offers a new scheme for the next generation

11 Feb 2021 @ 2.12 pm
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It’s National Apprenticeship Week (February 8-14), and North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has announced a vacancy for a Heritage Engineering Steam/Diesel Apprenticeship based primarily at its headquarters in Grosmont.

It’s the heritage railway’s latest such opening – 25 years after Traction and Rolling Stock Manager, Paul ‘Piglet’ Middleton, joined as a fresh-faced 16-year-old engineering maintenance apprentice, in December 1996.

He has worked at the NYMR ever since;

Paul was promoted to Foreman in 2007, then became Depot Manager in 2016, and finally Traction and Rolling Stock Manager in 2017.

Picture – Charlotte Graham

“The key benefits of an apprenticeship for me were it gave me immediate income and freedom,” he recalls.

I was itching for freedom, and I was able to buy a motorbike only a few months after starting my apprenticeship.

It also gave me the skillset to get to grips with my trade, gave me more ‘life skills’, and allowed me to progress – here I am, 25 years later, in a senior management role.

Just because you’re an apprentice doesn’t mean you can’t climb the ladder of promotion – you don’t have to go to university to end up as a senior manager if you can prove your worth.”

For more information on the apprenticeship vacancy with NYMR, or to apply, go to www.nymr.co.uk/apprenticeship-heritage-mechanical-engineer

The closing date for completed applications is Monday 15th March 2021.