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“No Training - No Future”

A BESTT Conference to discuss the future training needs of steam and heritage engineering.  York, 22 April, 10am – 4pm, The Friends Meeting House, Friargate York YO1 9RL

The Conference is aimed at everyone concerned with training in the heritage sector. No charge but space is limited - attendees must register at

10.00  Welcome and Aims for the day – Gordon Newton and Nick Beilby, BESTT  

10.30  Steve Turner, HM Principal Inspector of Railways “Safety on railways, issues for the heritage sector and enforcement”

11.40  John Reddyhoff, KWVR and BESTT “ Future challenges and BESTT experience so far”

12.10  Dave Carter, former BR rolling stock instructor and KWVR  “Training needs beyond steam engines – carriages, wagons, cranes and plant”

12.40 – 13.40 lunch break (lunch not provided)

13.40  Neil Taylor. Manager of Engineering Services, Severn Valley Railway “Do we understand Heritage Railway sector needs?”

14.05 Peter Winebloom, BESTT Training Support Manager and formerly Head of Training at EEF. “How far can we use new approaches, including new Government schemes, to help?”

14.30 Two discussion groups (1) Heritage sector needs (2) New ideas on delivery of training

15.30 Report back and Next Steps   Nick Beilby, Deputy Chair, BESTT

16.00 Finish

BESTT is a charity entirely dedicated to providing training in heritage engineering, currently in year 4 of a total £1.1M NLHF funded programme of 1 year traineeships.  Of 24 trainees so far, 16 have found paid jobs in the sector. BESTT is looking to provide more training through short courses – available now on riveting, washout and inspection, and white metalling. Contact

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