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South Tynedale Railway runs an exciting Youth Development Scheme (YDS). Based upon the principle of employability, the YDS aims to add significant value to young people’s schooling through giving them a significant advantage in being ready for the world of work.

A heritage railway is not just about running trains!

There are many opportunities for personal development across the different parts of the railway from catering, through carpentry to web design.

Young people undergoing employability training on the railway are known as Strivers short for ‘South Tynedale Railway Inclusive Venture for the Education of Railway Staff’.

 Find out about some of the things our Strivers get up to by reading the latest edition of the Strivers’ newsletter 1911L STRIVING Winter 2019 web 
with exciting news about Gyermekvasut Day when our Strivers will be running the railway!
Links to previous editions can be found at the bottom of this page.

Shed 52C is the junior club for 9-14 year olds and will appeal to any youngster who is ‘mad about trains’. It has its own website where you can see the innovative way we combine our Computers Off, Hands On, Real Trains ( COHORT) philosophy with ‘mutual improvement’ for the digital age delivered on-line. The best of the old and the new!

Between 14 and 16 YDS members become fully fledged strivers and are allocated a mentor who they work-shadow to prepare for future volunteering, railway orientated apprenticeships or employment on the “big railway”.

Strivers become drivers – or anything else they want to be!
The STR YDS is led by Martin Ashley, emeritus professor of education at Edge Hill University, and Heritage Railway Association education advisor. He is also the railway’s signalling superintendent and a steam driver.
For further information please contact Nic Cullens, Marketing and Events Manager
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