Manpower Services Commission

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The Manpower Services Commission (MSCManpower Services Commission or Manchester Ship Canal) 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 MSCManpower Services Commission or Manchester Ship Canal programmes to fund labour to undertake projects. On the SVRSevern Valley Railway this included GWR 829 Full Third, moving Swindon Works' traverser and relaying of track at the north end of the line during the 1970s

See also

GWR 829 Full Third
List of infrastructure
Swindon Works' traverser


  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


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