THE Yorkshire Rail Academy was opened on May 5. A £1·25m joint venture of the National Railway Musem and York College, it is funded by Yorkshire Forward and the Learning &Skills Council North Yorkshire.

The Academy incorporates York College’s Centre of Vocational Excellence for rail and signal engineering. Principal Mike Galloway said it aims to ’work closely with rail employers to ensure that the people who are going to take the industry forward into the future have the right skills and knowledge’. n