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!
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’.
There are three progressive levels of strivers
Undergo introductory generic employability skills (from interview technique to demonstrating leadership potential).
Level Two: Ages 14 – 16
Extended employability training in one (or more) of three strands.
Engineering: Shadowing shed staff and the opportunity to clean and prepare steam engines for work.
pride and a non-arrogant self confidence.
youth apprenticeship or perfect the CV for university entrance.