Drives trains to transport passengers and freight. Operate trains on both national or local networks and may spend time manoeuvring engines in sheds or in the yard.
Good standard of general education, apply as a trainee driver initially, must be over 20 for the national rail network, over 18 for the London Underground.
Some employers expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent in English and maths and to be accepted for training, you’ll need to pass a medical check which will include eyesight, colour vision and hearing.
This job could be accessed by doing another related job first, like a passenger assistant or conductor - which will demonstrate your interest interest in the industry and help you accrue relevant industry experience. You can then apply for trainee driver posts when they become available.
- high level of safety awareness
- ability to keep calm in difficult situations
- able to concentrate over long periods of time
- good team working abilities
- excellent understanding of emergency procedures
£20,000 to £30,000