Students went full steam ahead as they gained valuable work experience at Hollycombe steam museum in Liphook, Hampshire.

The team of public service students were taught how to lay ballast and over the course of two days completed a 75m track section of the narrow-gauge railway.

Level 3 student Jack Rixon was one of those who spent five days helping out at the site.

The 18-year-old said: “It gave us teamwork and building skills and I also developed my communication skills. If you’re interested in old and vintage things like steam engines, it’s a nice place to go.”

The Level 2 and Level 3 students are completing the programme in hopes of starting a successful career in the armed forces, police, ambulance or fire and rescue service.

They were led by public services tutor Dave Allen, who added: “The work placement was a great opportunity for our students to develop their employability skills. The students were given tasks achieve, either individually or as part of a team which allowed them to work on their team building and leadership skills. The placement was also designed to let the students experience the nature of a working environment, being punctual and arranging their own transport. They could also look back and say ‘I did that’, and they did a really great job.”

The students also helped clear the ground around the base of the steam-powered Tidman Galloping Horses.

Simon Wildguest, Museum Manager, said Hollycombe was grateful for their help, adding: “After only two days, and lots of physical exertion, a very neatly laid section was finished off. The students have all been offered the chance to come back as a thank you for all their hard work to experience the narrow-gauge railway once Hollycombe reopens for the season in Easter.”

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  • Date 15/03/2018