Hello a6et and others,
Interesting how modern rail managements are generally antipathetic to rail enthusiasm. Probably part of the I know everything and I will ensure that by locking out those who may know an equal amount or more.
Some years ago I attended a lecture by a former Festiniog volunteer who said their railway had developed a series of programmes to encourage a develop new and young volunteers. This has been so successful that other UK preserved railways have adopted at least some of these programmes. One programme that Festiniog has ongoing succes with is multi skilling platform and on train volunteers in all aspects of train operation. As a result their volunteers are now sought out by the Train Operating companies due to their experience and flexibility. The fact that York Museum cannot keep up with demand for engineering apprentices is also a positive development. Hopefully those who miss out find another employee willing to give then ago.
Like a6et and others the State owned utilities once provided excellent training facilities and jobs, pretty much all gone now, especially as private business will readily poach fully trained staff but refuses point blank to any training themselves , unless there is a tax deduction and many businesses have learned to effectively scam those arrangement for profit.
Best wishes and regards, Radioman
Radionman. What you suggest is to easy an example for those in command positions to understand.
For those heading into Sydney by train on the main 6 tracks from Strathfield in, when you pass MacDonaldtown, and you come to what remains of the old carriage works, there is a vacant spot from a long demolished building & cannot reccolect what it was not, however over past there along the Northern edge of the facilities there is a two storied building, now done up, that building was used by country boys who came down to get apprenticeships, the railways took on 420 apprentices every year in many different areas, the skills were not just rail related but ones that applied across a vast number of industries, even motor mechanics, electrical fitters as well as general trades electricians.
They were kept on through their whole apprentice years and in that building was dorms, with different numbers of beds, a minimal amount was charged for accomodation as well as there was a canteen that was open late and at one time was open 24hrs to provide meals for the apprentices, it cost them for meals but it made opportunities that were not available in most rural locations. Each year as each graduated, some were employed by the NSWGR in areas of staff shortages within their trades.
Outside industries large and small would line up and be given the numbers of those who completed their trade courses and available for employment in the Sydney area, they could start straight off or after Christmas. Those fortunate enough to get a job back in the hometown or nearby went there, thing was that there was rarelly any of those trainees who never got job offers at the end of their training. Thing was that private industry found the training they got was better than what was provided in the private sector.
The progress of history and many industries and trades finishing means those jobs no longer exist, however one trade still exists and is still located at Eveliegh in the blacksmith shop http://www.wroughtartworks.com/aboutus.php
This company still takes on apprentices and uses the old machinery at the works. The interesting aspect of this company is that they were facing being booted out of the area a few years ago, even though they had won government contracts to manufacture and replace the cast iron fencing that ran from near Circular Quay around the walkway under the bridge and to Pyrmont apparently the only company that could still to that work in Oz.
There is so much heritage still there that can be put to good use, if of course there was a will to do so. There is also so much need in other old trade areas these days especially in heritage works, not just rail related but in areas such as historical homes and older now non operating fields of skills. As a country and we are not alone in this, we have been deskilled and have lost so many industries to overseas countries and therefore dependent on them supplying us with items that we should still be making.
Problem is that the latte set loves the old heritage buildings to show off their said interest in our history.