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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DSA and VOSA to merge
DSA and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) are to merge into a single agency which will bring together their testing and standards services.
Rosemary Thew, DSA Chief Executive, has also announced that she will be stepping down and leaving the Civil Service on 30 June 2013.
Alastair Peoples, VOSA Chief Executive, will become joint Chief Executive for the 2 agencies and will oversee their strategic operations towards a full merger over the next year.
Rosemary Thew said:
“I’ve been considering moving on for some time, for private and personal reasons. The creation of a single agency replacing DSA and VOSA seems the right time for me to do so.
“I’m confident that the team here at DSA under Alastair’s leadership will continue to offer our customers the very best service they can as the merger proceeds and the combined agency emerges.”
No impact on our services
The changes won’t impact on:
the services you use that are provided by DSA and VOSA, eg driving tests
progress of other ongoing reform programmes
Better and more convenient services
The reforms are an outcome of the recent motoring services strategy consultation. They’re designed to offer motorists and businesses better and more convenient services, while making sure that road safety and first class customer service remain a top priority.
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29th – 30th June Banbury@Bloxham
6th-7th July Chiltern Traction Engine Club Rally
13th-14th July Rempstone Steam & Country Show
26th-28th July Welland Steam & Country Rally
2nd-4th August Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza
17th-18th August Lincolnshie Steam & Vintage Rally
28th August - 1st September Great Dorset Steam Fair
7th-8th September Haddenham Steam Rally
13th-15th September Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre
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Report of the General Council Meeting on 9th June 2013
The report is based on the draft minutes. Present were the Chairman and 18 Council members and Officers.
Executive Committee Meeting Report
The Chairman explained he was making a report as the minutes had not been confirmed. A previous decision to have copies of the draft minutes was overturned but once the Executive Committee meeting minutes had been agree they would be made available to members of the General Council.
• A letter of thanks had been received as a result of the Trust’s support in a planning application.
• An application for the post of General Secretary has been received.
• A collection of archive material has been offered by the family of the late Brian Barrass.
• Colin Hatch has offered assistance in organising visits to clubs, etc.
• After discussion it was agreed that Driving Scholarships should be available to NTET and SAC members.
• The accounts for the year ending 31st March 2013 were presented.
• After an explanation and discussion it was agreed that surplus income would be allocated to various funds.
• Finally the accounts were adopted.
• The Treasurer was thanked for her work.
BESTT (Boiler Engineering Skills Training Trust)
• A £400,000 grant has been received from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
• 10 trainees are to be given placements leading to nationally recognised qualifications.
Remarks made by an individual were regarded as slanderous. As a result of a letter from the Trust’s Solicitor, a public apology had been received. It was agreed the Trust should support its officers and legal costs are justified.
• Paul Cook has resigned as Chairman of the Commercial Section.
• Rich Hurley presented a proposal for management services being provided by Seddon & Black on a fee paying basis. As part of, but conditional on the proposals, Rich Hurley would be willing to stand as Chairman. There was no discussion on the proposals.
• Val and Colin Brown have offered to continue online and postal sales.
• It was suggested an Enthusiasts Section should be formed particularly for the benefit of non-engine owning members.
• As part of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations it was agreed the Trust should host a conference to discuss the future of our hobby.
The Burrell Project is progressing well.
• The 2013 Driving Course was successful
• Already 34 places booked for the 2014 Driving Course
• It was suggested there should be a Driving Course for the owners and drivers of miniature engines.
• Insurers are being asked if ‘recovery after an accident’ can be included in their policies.
• HGV drivers only require CPC if they are professional and/or carrying a paying load.
• Attempts are being made to rectify problems with the printers of Steaming.
• Information about the activities and control of steam road vehicles has been passed to HSE following their request.
Concern has been expressed at the draft revised Purple Guide with regard to the use of fairground equipment.
• Work on the promotional video has started.
• Three information leaflets have been produced with further ones planned. It was agreed to provide a budget of up to £1200 for the printing.
There will be a larger marquee for GDSF.
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