Appleby Training & Heritage Centre:

Appleby Training and Heritage Centre Limited was originally set up in 1996 to convert a decaying Midland Railway goods shed, set just outside Appleby Railway Station alongside the Settle-Carlisle Railway, into a workshop for restoring heritage vehicles whilst providing local employment, training in traditional skills and providing a much needed workshop in East Cumbria.  For many years the Centre provided a high quality service to many railway museums by converting and upgrading old carriages, locomotives and so on.  Unfortunately, as this was so labour intensive and therefore not cost effective a decision was made around 2010 to cease this type of work.

In 2017, Appleby Training and Heritage Centre`s main focus is providing excellent training to people of all ages in a range of accredited and non-accredited courses.  The Centre is able to provide training in areas as diverse as lace crafts to Motor Vehicle Maintenance.  Our learners vary in age from 14 years to over 80 years and we hope to be able to provide a positive and productive learning experience for each and every one of our learners.

Currently the Centre works with two local schools, Appleby Grammar School and Kirkby Stephen Grammar School to provide additional learning opportunities for their students to enhance their learning experience.  Amongst the qualifications we offer to the secondary schools are City and Guilds Diplomas in Children and Young People`s Workforce, Performing Engineering Operations, Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles, Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools, Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering, A Level Applied Health and Social Care, Functional Skills in English, Mathematics and ICT and many more.

Additionally the Centre works in partnership with Carlisle College to provide apprenticeship opportunities to young people across the Eden Valley.  The Centre has purpose equipped workshops which allow it to deliver Light Vehicle Goods Maintenance and Repair and Engineering Manufacture (Operator and Semi-skilled) frameworks.  One workshop is been purpose equipped to deliver the Motor vehicle qualification and the other Engineering Manufacture, our tutors are industry experts with many years of experience.  The Centre is also able to deliver apprenticeship frameworks in Business Administration, Customer Service, It Application Specialist, Early years Educator and Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.  Our Centre can provide teaching and training to cover ALL of the framework requirements; including Functional Skills in English, Mathematics and IT.

For many years our Centre has also worked with Cumbria County Council`s Community Learning and Skills Department to provide a wide range of accredited and skills  (leading to a recognised qualification) courses as well as a range of leisure courses for adult learners.  Currently the Centre offers GCSE English and Mathematics courses, with students enrolling in September each year.  We are able to offer a diverse and extensive range of vocational qualifications from Customer Service to  Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. Our leisure courses cover skills such as welding, plastering and rendering, machining in a workshop, upholstery, lace-crafts, modern foreign languages, art and cookery classes.  We also run regular Saturday workshops throughout the year where the focus is on being able to produce something to take home in a day, from patchworking, to rag rugging, felt art and extreme knitting.  We aim to provide an exciting and stimulating range of courses and we are always willing to look to offer something new if you have a particular interest.

The Centre is also able to provide a range of specialist courses such as First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid, Manual Handling, Emergency First Aid, COSHH and Food safety.  We employ experts in each field to deliver each of these courses.  Courses are run to suit the needs of local individuals and businesses, they can be delivered at your own work premises if this is more convenient.

Appleby Training and Heritage Centre is a registered charity, governed by a board of trustees, all of whom offer their time and skills on a voluntary basis.  The centre employs a Centre Manager who reports directly to the Board of Trustees. The trustees normally meet 6 times per year and hold their Annual General Meeting in November or early December each year.

Appleby Training and Heritage Centre aims to meet the needs of its local community, we need your support and ideas to help us move forward.