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Join us as a Train Driver and you'll experience one of the best training programmes in the rail industry. Our two-year Level 3 Driver Apprenticeship offers the latest virtual reality, immersive reality, and augmented reality training. And with practical and classroom-based learning on top, you'll discover that we're more than ready to invest more in your future so you can go do your thing as a Driver.

As a Train Driver it’s your responsibility to ensure our customers reach their destination safely and on time, over various routes in accordance with rail rules, regulations, and procedures. And our drivers make sure their route and train knowledge is first class so we can do just that.

In this role, you’ll need great concentration skills, an ability to work on your own for long periods of time. And, you’ll need to be the kind of person who can think on your feet and react and adapt to different situations in line with our industry’s rules and regulations.

Although most of the time you’ll be working on your own in the driver’s cab, you will need to be able to communicate effectively with others in the wider team. That includes your Conductor, Dispatch, Control colleagues, other rail industry personnel, the British Transport Police and, of course, our customers.

Plus, as the face of Northern, it goes without saying that you’ll need excellent customer service skills.  

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Trainee Apprentice Drivers

This is an apprenticeship role, which means your training to become a Driver will also involve working towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard. It begins with an intensive 3-month training period where you’ll learn all about the safety critical and operational aspects and responsibilities. And continues with more training around how to deliver exceptional customer service to help us make a positive impact for the North in all we do and for all we serve.

Heres what else we look for:

  • Lots of discipline, and an ability to work within rules and regulations
  • The ability to remain calm even under pressure
  • The focus to stay alert and vigilant always
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • A willingness to learn new skills and to adjust to change

If you do do not hold a GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English (or equivalent)  you’ll need to sit a functional skills test and achieve a level 2 in English, Maths and ICT before you take the end-point assessment at the end of your Apprenticeship.

You’ll also need to be flexible enough to work shifts from the early hours of the morning until late at night, weekends and Bank Holidays. That’s an average of 35 hours per week, but we will give you your rosters in advance.

Due to the early starts and late finishes, you’ll also need to be able to get to work without relying on public transport. That means you must live within a 45-minute car journey from your place of work.  

What’s important

To join us as a Train Driver, you must:  

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Pass the relevant Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening conducted via an approved provider
  • Not have defective colour vision
  • Pass the industry standard Train Driver psychometric assessment for train driving to an enhanced level
  • Not have taken and failed the Train Driver assessment within the last 6 months
  • Not have taken and failed the Train Driver assessment twice before  

Join our Driver Training Apprenticeship Programme now

To find out more about the Train Driver Apprenticeship standard including all the knowledge, understanding and skills required please visit the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education  

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