Everyone's career is a journey. But very few are as enjoyable as the ones you'll undertake.

We trained 35 new drivers last year and, now they're fully qualified, they've got fantastic skills that will last a lifetime. Of course, we also take on fully qualified drivers too.

A day in the life of a Northern Train Driver

It's a critical job, being a Train Driver. You'll be responsible for the safe and prompt transport of our customers to their various destinations. So there's a real sense of pressure to do it fantastically.

Of course, it's also a wonderful thing to do with your life. Just listen to the way John enthuses about it. Now there's someone who loves what they do for a living. And, even then, he still gives you a real feel for what it's like to do the job so you're under no false illusions as to how demanding it can be.

What we look for in a Driver

You don't need any train driving experience to apply. However, we look for people who can concentrate for extended periods, with an eye for detail and a have real sense of focus about them, even in the face of rotating shift patterns.

If you're a great decision maker who can think on your feet and approach a situation logically and in a structured way, then you're the kind of person who can keep a Northern train running on time.

Northern adheres to the Train Driver Licenses and Certificates Regulations 2010 (TDLCR). For further information about the regulations, please visit the Office of Rail Regulation website.

Minimum requirements

In order to become a train driver with Northern

  • You must not have defective colour vision
  • You must be willing to work irregular and unsociable shift patterns
  • You must live within a 45 minute commutable distance from the location you are applying for
  • You must be aged between 20 and 62 years 

How to apply

First of all, have a look at our current vacancies area to see if there are any opportunities near where you live and you can apply online from there. If not, you can register to receive a vacancy alert and we'll send you an email to let you know when something suitable comes up.

Once you have your application in and the closing date has passed, you'll be invited to take a five-minute online Visual Comparison Test, which will assess your ability to find visual mistakes. If you meet our criteria, we'll then shortlist for interview. The next stage after that is a full day's Driver Assessment.

What happens next?

Finally, if successful, you'll be considered for any vacancies that are currently available, and if we're not able to offer you a role straight away, we'll place you in our Talent Pool and you'll be considered for any forthcoming opportunities for up to 6 months.