We'll keep you on the right track throughout your rail career with outstanding opportunities to develop your skills and learn new ones.

Northern employees are given all the training they need to make the very most of their jobs and grow within Northern.

It's just how we like to do things - the Northern way, you might say. And there are plenty of ways in which we go about it.


Corporate Inductions

When you arrive here, you'll receive a day's corporate induction, giving you a full overview of the Northern business and just what and how you'll contribute. You'll also receive a local induction, where your line manager will give you a full tour of your workplace, introducing you to your colleagues, all the different elements of your job and associated safety issues.


Train driver training

Learn how to drive a train the Northern way. Over the course of 12 months, you will undergo  a mixture of classroom based theory learning at our Training Centre in Bolton or Leeds and practical learning at the depot where you'll be working, as well as  at one of our engineering depots.


Conductor Training

Our conductors are given three months' training, which sees them based at our Training Centre in Bolton 56% of the time, with the other 44% spent out on different types of trains, learning all about them from one of our minder conductors.

Developing in your Northern role

We have a dedicated People Development Team that is passionate about delivering the very best personal and professional development to our employees. They will ensure that all our team leaders, as well as our frontline, middle and senior managers are offered unique, tailored development programmes. On top of that there will be Toolkit workshops, which focus on specific topics.

A uniquely Northern initiative called 'Get On  At Work' allows our employees the chance to reflect on their past experiences and skills sets. We offer guidance on writing applications, interview skills and presentation practice. All the while, our people have a Career Development Guide, which they can use to gauge their progress and take control of their futures.