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The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway is starting delivery of a major national lottery funded project that will provide interpretation across the railway; develop skills; conserve historic buildings at Boston Lodge. This is an exciting time with the recent World Heritage Site announcement with which the project has close links and shared ambitions to make a positive impact in the area.

To deliver this ambitious program will be the Heritage Project Manager (already in post) along with an Interpretation Officer, a Training and Events Supervisor, an Engineering Volunteer Supervisor, a Work Placement Officer and a Construction Project Manager.  There will also be three trainee posts covering Interpretation, Works Administration and Project Management. All posts will be advertised on this website.


The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway has three trainee posts available as part of the Interpretation and Boston Lodge Project funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Two of the posts, in interpretation and project management, will suit graduates who are looking for experience in the heritage sector and one further post will suit someone looking for experience of administration in an engineering environment.

The project has three key strands:  interpretation across the railway, developing skills, and conserving buildings. This is a particularly exciting time with the recent World Heritage Site announcement for the Slate Landscapes of North Wales with which the project has close links and shared ambitions to make a positive impact in the area.

The 2 year full-time traineeships, starting in September and attracting the living wage, are part of the skills strand of the project and this is an excellent opportunity for the right individuals to develop skills in a heritage environment where there are few formal courses. 

Applications should be sent to

The closing date for applications for all traineeships is Friday 27th May 5pm

Interviews will be held at Boston Lodge:
Interpretation Trainee – Wednesday 22nd June
Project Management Trainee – Thursday 23rdJune
Works Administration Trainee – Friday 24th June

Whilst we would welcome applications from anyone with the right to live and work in the UK we are keen to promote the use of the Welsh language within the workplace, and the development of heritage skills within Wales therefore we would encourage applications from those who speak or are learning the language, and those who come from Wales and / or trained in Wales and are looking for opportunities to use and develop their skills within the heritage sector in Wales.

Interpretation Trainee

This will suit a graduate equivalent level candidate wanting to get hands-on experience of developing interpretative material (working with volunteers and archives) and be working alongside (and be mentored by) an experienced interpretation company, The Creative Core, who are delivering the interpretation for the project. They will work with the Interpretation Officer.e teams working on these projects.

Works Administration Trainee

This will suit a highly organised candidate with qualifications at A-level or NVQ 3 who already has good organisational and IT skills but who would like to work in an engineering environment and gain experience in what is required behind the scenes to keep a large engineering works running smoothly. They will work with the Boston Lodge Works Administrator.

Project Management Trainee

This will suit a graduate equivalent level candidate who wants to develop project management skills in a heritage environment.  It will provide direct experience of working alongside the project manager for the delivery phase of a major National Lottery Heritage Funded project. The skills gained will be applicable across the heritage sector. They will work with the Heritage Project Manager.

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are two of the UK’s most popular heritage railways, located in the heart of picturesque Snowdonia. Our offer, aimed firmly at the tourism market place, stands out as being best in class. A major employer in the local area, we provide employment for civil engineers, mechanical engineers, woodworkers and joiners, as well as jobs in hospitality and tourism. We are a family here at the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, where staff members feel valued.

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