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Old 21st April 2017, 11:15   #1
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Default VTEC - Train Shunter - Bounds Green

DEP379-EXT - Train Shunter

https://recruitment.virgintrainseast...&VacancyID=340

Posted: 20/04/2017 17:05
Salary: £33-37k plus London Allowance
Location: Bounds Green Depot
Level: Depot - Semi Skilled
Deadline: 04/05/2017 23:59
Hours: 35
Benefits: Excellent package including final salary pension scheme and travel concessions
Job Type: Full Time
We are Virgin! In January 2014 we started a joint venture between Stagecoach and the Virgin Group as the shortlisted bidders for the new InterCity East Coast franchise. In November 2014, the eight-year franchise was awarded to the Stagecoach/Virgin joint venture company and commenced operating on 1 March 2015 trading as Virgin Trains East Coast.

We have invested in brand new trains and technology; 2018 will see the introduction of our brand new Azuma trains. Azuma is coming with more seats, more leg room, faster Wi-Fi, on board entertainment and faster journey times.

What do we have on offer??

We are looking for shunters to join the Virgin Trains East Coast team at our Bounds Green Maintenance Depot, near Alexandra Palace, North London.

As we eagerly await the introduction of our brand new fleet of Azuma trains next year, there couldn’t be a better time to join the team! Shunters form a crucial part of the depot’s overall performance and you will be joining the business at a very exciting time. You will be working a four-shift pattern, covering 24/7 duties.

Employee benefits currently include free Virgin Trains East Coast travel and a range of other discounts and offers, as well as a competitive pension scheme.

What will you do??

You will be working on our existing fleet, helping to marshal the vehicles for maintenance, or re-form them ready for service. You will also become familiar with the operation of the signalling panels, liaising with King’s Cross signal box, as well as operating Ferme Park servicing sidings where vehicles are also fuelled.

The Essentials

Knowledge of Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental Standards & Compliance

Knowledge of traction and rolling stock systems

Experience of a railway operational environment

What do we need you to be?

You'll need to be motivated, hard working and an effective problem solver.

We also need you to be:

A team player

Able to use your own initiative

Safety conscious

Have great attention to detail

A clear and confident communicator

Used to a physically demanding role that involves working outdoors

Customer focussed

This is a safety critical role, so you’ll also need to pass a strict medical screening to qualify for this role.

If this sounds like you, apply now and let us know why you should be given this amazing opportunity to become one of our team. Brilliant people only please!!

For more information, please contact peter.delacey@virgintrainseastcoast.com
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Old 21st April 2017, 12:08   #2
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Thanks for the heads up, have just applied.
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Old 27th April 2017, 18:44   #3
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Hello, does anyone know if it's common to move up from shunter to become a mainline driver with Virgin trains?
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Old 27th April 2017, 19:53   #4
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Unbelievable, a shunter earning more than a grade 4 signaller.
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Old 28th April 2017, 00:47   #5
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Questions from a novice. What is traction and rolling stock system?

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Old 28th April 2017, 08:39   #6
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Is there a difference between a shunter and a depot driver?
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Old 28th April 2017, 10:17   #7
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Is there a difference between a shunter and a depot driver?
In this case yes; operating shunting panels at Bounds Green and Ferme Park and liaising with drivers and depot staff; route setting and so forth. It's actually quite similar to a signaller. At VTEC; there are no depot drivers AFAIK; all driving is done by mainline drivers.
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Old 28th April 2017, 10:18   #8
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Unbelievable, a shunter earning more than a grade 4 signaller.
Having seen the panels concerned it's probably about the same workload as a grade 4 (or 5 on a very busy night)
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Old 15th May 2017, 17:44   #9
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I've been invited to an assesment day for this in a few weeks...I've got. A few questions. I understand I have to sit a group bourdon test..does anyone know if Virgin use the "dots" texts or the shapes test (like TfL)? Also I've failed the bourdon once before for a trainee driver position..if I was to fail this again would that be it for my hopes of driving? Cheers for your help
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Old 15th May 2017, 18:58   #10
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You will be sitting the Rules Acquisition Aptitude Test (RAAT) and Safe Concentration & Attention Test (SCAAT).

This is what it states in my email.
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Old 15th May 2017, 20:41   #11
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Hello, does anyone know if it's common to move up from shunter to become a mainline driver with Virgin trains?
There is no driving element to these jobs. Old fashioned shunting. Pulling points, physically coupling railway vehicles together, etc. Outdoors in all weathers, getting dirty, physical work.

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Old 16th May 2017, 09:04   #12
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Does anyone know shift patterns? Will it be mostly nights?
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Old 16th May 2017, 10:37   #13
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Does anyone know shift patterns? Will it be mostly nights?
Can't remember the exact pattern off hand; but yes (although it's not entirely nights)
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Old 16th May 2017, 13:07   #14
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Thanks mate. Late finishes by 1 or 2?

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Old 16th May 2017, 18:07   #15
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I've been invited to an assesment day for this in a few weeks...I've got. A few questions. I understand I have to sit a group bourdon test..does anyone know if Virgin use the "dots" texts or the shapes test (like TfL)? Also I've failed the bourdon once before for a trainee driver position..if I was to fail this again would that be it for my hopes of driving? Cheers for your help
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