Manpower Services Commission

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The Manpower Services Commission (M.S.C.Manpower Services Commission) was set up by government and operated from 1974-1988.[1] Its purpose was to coordinate vocational training and manage and expand the government's vocational training programmes, and in particular to offer retraining and skills development to adults intending to re‐enter the workforce.[2]

Some heritage railways used M.S.C.Manpower Services Commission programmes to fund labour to undertake projects. On the SVRSevern Valley Railway a job creation programme was negotiated in late 1976 to renovate a number of coaches and wagons including GWR 829 Full Third and LMS 27270 Third Open among others.[3] Other M.S.C.Manpower Services Commission projects during the 1970s included recovering the Swindon Works' traverser for possible future use at Bewdley and relaying much of the track at the north end of the line.

See also


  1. Richard O'Brien (1988) The rise and fall of the manpower services commission, Policy Studies, 9:2, 3-8, DOI: 10.1080/01442878808423514
  2. Oxford Index, Oxford University Press
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 41