A Report of the Open Forum held at the Great Dorset Steam on Friday 30th August 2013
The meeting commenced at 6.30pm.Attendance estimated at 60 plus
Chairman welcomed all to the meeting before announcing that he had accepted the resignation of John Durling from all his offices within the Trust. Elaine Massey will succeed him as Chairman of the Steam Apprentice Club, and Andrew Semple will take over the administration of the Voluntary Competency schemes, all with immediate effect.Chairman concluded his statement by saying if any lesson is too be learnt from this, it is not acceptable to drink and drive on a rally field.
The floor was then opened up to those present. The major topic for discussion was brought about by incidents that continue to be reported involving boiler inspector hopping, quality of boiler inspections and inconsistence’s in working pressures. Bob Garnett spoke on the process of reporting such incidents. Several members questioned Bob's remarks, including Robin Daniels, Paul Worbey, Elaine Massey, David Smith, Dave Knott and several more. The discussions centered around the involvement of the HSE and PSSR2000 and how those regulations apply to a rally field, if determining whether it is work or a hobby activity. Bob outlined the mechanism in place for reporting incidents. The view from the floor was this was ineffective. Neither the NTET nor the Association of Independent Boiler Inspectors have a structure in place to address the problems.
The suggestion that there should be a central data bank of engine inspection reports was questioned if it would comply with data protection and freedom of information. The majority view was this should be given proper consideration but should not hinder such a scheme being provided.Richard Hurley proposed that the Trust should introduce a central data bank of inspection reports. Those reports would have a written condition on them in which the engine owner and inspector agree to the information being centrally stored with limited and specified access. An engine receiving a stop notice will have its disc withdrawn until such time as proof positive is furnished of necessary works being completed. The scheme would be devised in conjunction with, and have the full support of the Association of Independent Boiler Inspectors.
Chairman asked the meeting if they would support such a motion at this years AGM. On a show of hands there appeared to be unanimous support.
A brief mention was made of the 60th Anniversary Road Run
Chairman brought the meeting to a close at 7.30pm thanking everyone for their attendance.
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60th Anniversary Road Run Saturday 27th September 2014
The Bedford Club are currently in negotiation with the local authorities as to where the routes actually are allowed to follow. It is not possible to give an exact route plan for the choice of runs until the latter part of this year. As I am sure you are aware it takes a lot of time to negotiate these matters with local authorities.
There will be a choice of routes for the different types of participants depending on their speed and distance ability.
Miniatures taking part will have their own route and lunch stop on safe roads and will be away from the main routes where the full size engines will be going.
The full size engines and waggons will be able to choose a routes that will be approximately 10 – 15 miles, 25 – 30 miles and 40 – 50 miles.
As with the 50th Anniversary Run, we are looking to attempt to have a lunchtime stop that will allow us to have as many participants together as possible.
The Bedford Club have already organised the water, coal, catering, entertainment and venue so are looking forward to making it a weekend to remember.
We do apologise again for the date change but please be assured this was caused by changes to the airshow calendar..
All entry forms will be available in the NTET marquee at GDSF and online from this website from 31st August, 2013.
Please note that all information about the 60th Anniversary Road Run will either be in 'Steaming' or displayed on this website.
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Open Forum at the GDSF
The Trust will be holding an open forum for members and non-member in the NTET marquee on Friday 30th August commencing at 6.30pm.
This is an opportunity for all engine enthusiasts: owners, drivers, miniature owners, photographers, rally goers, rally organisers, etc to raise issues for discussion and ask questions which are of common concern to us all.
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The funeral of Howard Stenning who died on July 5th will be at The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester,West Sussex, PO18 0EU on Tuesday 30th July 2013
It will be a humanist service followed by picnic/hog-roast, music and dancing!
Order of the Day:
11:00 - 11:30 arrival of guests
11:30 - 12:30 service
12:30 - 15:00 lunch and party
The day will be an informal and happy occasion, as Howard would have wanted.
The day's celebrations will take place on the rally field at the rear of the
museum and will be sign-posted from the entrance. There is plenty of
We will be providing a Hog-roast, soft drinks and tea & coffee
Howard will be arriving by steam-engine! The coffin will be present
throughout the day's celebrations and will be taken to the cemetery at 15:00
in a motor-cycle sidecar!
The service will be designed to include all faiths and beliefs. Anyone
wishing to say a few words, read a poem or recount fond memories during the
service, please contact Tam at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please bring
your musical instruments and singing voices!
As he had a life long interest in older vehicles the venue has been chosen
to allow anyone attending to arrive in their old vehicle if they so wish and
be part of the proceedings. If you intend to come in your old vehicle please inform Brian Johnson
email@example.com or 01903 883246) so the
parking can be properly arranged. There is no need to notify him about modern
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Boiler and Engineering Skills Training Trust (BESTT)
Project Development Leader, National Boiler Skills Training Programme
Job Description, Person Specification and Future of the Post
BESTT (Boiler and Engineering Skills Training Trust) is seeking a Project Development Leader to develop and finalise the BESTT national boiler skills training project which has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and now needs to be supported by a detailed training plan as part of its second round application to the HLF “Skills for the Future” programme. This is a 3 month project development contract starting in August 2013. If funding is secured for the second round application we will also be seeking to recruit a National Programme Manager for the delivery phase in 2014-6.
Project Development Leader role:
The main objectives for the work are to liaise with relevant bodies and organisations to enable BESTT to complete the preparation of its national training plan for heritage boiler skills so as to meet HLF criteria under the Skills for the Future programme and as part of this:
• To negotiate agreements with boilershop and college partners which will provide high quality training which meets the objectives established by BESTT within the requirements of the HLF programme
• To develop and establish a viable framework with participating FE colleges for off site training
• Help develop a national boiler training syllabus using BESTT key topics
• Develop approaches and initiatives with partners which will attract a wider range of people from more diverse backgrounds to undertake heritage boiler training
• Build relationships with and secure engagement from relevant employers, trainers, accreditation agencies, relevant sector skills bodies and potential trainees which will promote awareness of and buy in to the BESTT aims.
The Project Development Leader will report to and be supported by the BESTT Project Director, with input from other BESTT Trustees. The project as a whole is answerable to the BESTT Board.
The Project Development Leader tasks are divided into the following main areas of activity: -
(i) Completing the national training plan in line with HLF Guidance (Attached) Complete training and placement agreements with lead partner heritage boilershops and initiate and complete similar agreements to be offered to others in the sector in order to achieve national spread and diversity of operations. This includes assessing costings of training placements with providers together with any contractual implications. Help in drafting the national training plan and develop it in light of feedback from HLF, including the HLF appointed mentor, and the heritage sector; -
(ii) Develop a boilershop training module for use in FE and technical colleges, together with boilershop practical training and help development assessment tools for these; -
(iii) Recruitment of trainees Develop with placement partners proposals for a trainee recruitment campaign including tools and materials for interactive displays and agree a programme of recruitment locations; -
(iv) Contribute to other elements in the BESTT training plan such as development of the mature entrants course.
Location, Timing and work schedule
The work will start in August 2013 and will need to be completed by end October 2013. Much of the work can be done remotely but a good deal of travel in the UK will be needed. Given the short timescales regular reporting to BESTT will be required. This will include weekly liaison with the Project Director and an initial outline of the training plan by early September.
First degree or equivalent technical qualification
Key Knowledge and Skills and Experience
Eligible candidates must demonstrate:
• Understanding of technical training practice and the ability to create training materials for use at level 3 NVQ/SVQ in technical and FE colleges
• An interest in widening the boundaries of traditional recruitment of trainees in engineering and how to bring new training approaches into a traditional craft industry
• A basic understanding of boiler engineering, the ability to relate effectively and sympathetically to historic engineering and craft workshops and an appreciation of health and safety issues in this area.
• Integrity, diplomacy and good partner awareness, with the ability to liaise with and secure the commitment and alignment of key partners for BESTT
• An ability to complete tasks and work under pressure and to deadlines
• Drive, determination and ability to prioritise and get things done
• Literacy in IT
Other helpful skills include recent experience of training and preparing courses and knowledge of HLF funding requirements.
Applicants should apply by email enclosing a personal statement (not exceeding 500 words) explaining why they are interested in the post, what they will bring to it and this should be accompanied by a current CV. Applications should be made by 15th July online to: firstname.lastname@example.org We expect to shortlist on 23rd July and will hold interviews on 31st July in Birmingham (venue to be advised).
Invitation to Interview
All candidates invited to interview must also bring (i) educational and qualification certificates (e.g. the original or certified copy of certificates, diplomas etc) and (ii) a passport, or if not available, a current driving licence including a photograph and a full birth certificate; Any offer of appointment is subject to verification of identity and qualifications; such checks and confirmations as the Board of Trustees may require in accordance with statutory guidance.
Terms and Conditions of Contract:
Based on a salary of £8- 10k for 3 month contract, depending on experience. Conditions will be those set out in the model form of terms and conditions of engagement for the provision of consultancy services by engineering consultants (MF/4 2003/1 – attached).
Information for candidates – the background to BESTT and the HLF Skills for the Future grant application
The formation of BESTT
For normal commercial use the steam locomotive boiler is obsolescent. Until the 1960s, large numbers were in use on railway locomotives, ships, traction engines. Their construction, maintenance and operation sustained an industrial level of jobs. Today the locomotive and similar types of boiler are to be found in two distinct parts of the economy; tourism and heritage, where they are crucial to the continued operation of around two hundred visitor attractions which play a significant part in the rural tourism economy, and leisure, with several thousand privately owned traction engines maintained and renewed by specialist suppliers.
Operating at pressures of up to 250psi and at very high temperatures, locomotive boilers are safety critical components. They can be kept in operation only through the application of specialist skills and equipment. Around 50 fully-skilled boilersmiths are at work in this country, together with less qualified assistants and supported by specialist boiler inspectors. However, many skilled specialists are now retiring and there is an increasing shortage of young people entering the industry and gaining appropriate experience. There is also an absence of the appropriate qualification structures which can provide the transferable skills to create a healthy job market. Research shows that this decline is likely to continue with very serious impacts for the heritage and tourist industry nationally. Similar problems are known to be arising abroad.
The Purpose of BESTT
The aim of BESTT is to ensure that the activity of boiler making, maintenance and repair is supplied with the skills and the standards it requires for safe and sustainable steam operations into the future. The heritage steam industry is not sustainable without the ability to comply with all safety, legal and regulatory requirements. BESTT has come into being specifically to tackle the decline of skills in boiler repair and manufacture and to create a national cross sectoral focus (railways, ships, traction engines and museum/stationary engines)to create training opportunities, increase skill levels and agree standards and best practice guidance unified across the sectors which take account of the changing and very different conditions in which the industry now operates.
What the BESTT HLF Skills for the Future project would do
The BESTT project which is the subject of this post would, subject to further work in the development phase of this project, enable the creation of a partnership programme of boiler training placements over a period of 2.5 years in modules of 3 months – up to 1 year which would be located at existing boilershops on heritage railways and other smaller workshops carrying out boiler repair and manufacture. Placements will be aimed at NVQ level 3, 18 year olds but could be varied. Trainees will be located primarily at one heritage operation but BESTT will arrange short stages at other workshops to give experience of the diversity of the sector. Trainees will receive a bursary for 1 year depending on age and experience and support for travel costs eg in relation to BESTT central courses. At the end of this project 10 new entrant trainees would have acquired marketable and certified qualifications and over time the overall pool of skilled boiler craftsmen would be significantly increased.
In the delivery phase there would be training input from experienced engineers in the heritage operation locations and day release participation in local engineering colleges to which BESTT will add a specific module on boiler repair and manufacture. BESTT would create the curriculum for this module. A BESTT national project manager will ensure quality of training, monitor supervision and assessment, and a healthy and safe working environment, and provide support on transition to employment after training.
The BESTT partnership programme will enable national coverage of training placement opportunities which would provide on the job training by boilershops which are well regarded in terms of good practice in the sector while also being open to smaller operations including those in the private sector. BESTT will also encourage mature entrant to follow a similar boilerwork training scheme, aimed at volunteers on existing projects wanting to acquire boiler skills.
Widening the range of people who enter heritage engineering training
There is a need to attract additional trainees to this sector and so there is scope to attract trainees from new areas and engage new and more diverse groups of people with heritage. In recruiting trainees BESTT will, as part of the development project, look for ways to attract those who might have an aptitude but not have considered this type of work.
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TRADE AND SKILLS Tony Davies
THE NEW DAVY AWARD FOR YOUNG CRAFTSMAN OF THE YEAR – NOW LAUNCHED
I am pleased to announce that this new annual award for apprentices and trainees, as mentioned in the last edition of this Newsletter, is now open for nominations. FBHVC and the Worshipful Company of Coach Makers and Harness Makers (WCC), a London Livery company, have joined forces to recognise and reward an apprentice or trainee of outstanding ability. As a trade supporter, do you have an outstanding apprentice or trainee who deserves recognition? Yes? Then please consider nominating them. Candidates for the annual award must be:
• Craft/technician apprentices/trainees engaged in the automotive industry, involved in the repair and restoration of historic vehicles and employed by an FBHVC Trade Supporter.
• Aged between 18-25 years old.
• Outstanding individuals demonstrating excellent skills, dedication and potential for future development in the industry.
• Employed in a Very Small to Medium Enterprise (VSME) with less than 15 employees. Ideally, the candidate will be attending some form of formal further education e.g. day release at local technical college.
The candidate will be required to:
• Produce a significant piece of work which clearly demonstrates one or more craft skills to a very high level. The project will be displayed before the judging panel.
• Produce a portfolio to support the project.
• The time scale, from initial discussions between candidate and employer to making a presentation to the judges, is nominally 12 months.
• Short-listed candidates will be asked to present their work and portfolio to the joint FBHVC/WCC judging panel.
A generous financial award will be made to the winning apprentice/trainee and, at the discretion of the judging panel, a further significant financial award may be made to a runner-up. The winner will receive his or her award from the Master of the Coach Makers Livery, together with a plaque, at the annual WCC Automotive Dinner held at one of the London Livery Halls. These are quite grand occasions and will be a memorable experience for the recipient.
The outline time scale for the inaugural award is:
• Nominations from trade supporters to FBHVC Secretary by September 2013
• September 2014 – a short-list of candidates will be selected by WCC and FBHVC.
• October 2014 – Short-listed candidates will be invited to display and present their project to the judging panel with the winner (and runner up as decided) announced on the day.
• February 2015 – Presentation of the winning award in London.
To promote the FBHVC and WCC’s commitment to skills preservation in the historic vehicle sector, this new award will be announced at the Classic Car Show, NEC in November 2013. This coincides with a 25th anniversary display by FBHVC.
Please note that trade supporters will be contacted individually by FBHVC with further information on this exciting new award and we look forward very much to receiving your nominations.
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