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    GWR Train Driver talent pool

    Did they say if that's something that has been recently decided? When I had my DMI in January 2020, we spoke a bit about Talent Pools so they knew I was aware of what I was 'signing up' for. I asked how the order works and was told is based purely on scores. Highest first, then it filters down.
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    GWR Train Driver talent pool

    The possibility of depot driving was mentioned during my DMI, which I had in January last year. I'm still in a talent pool for trainee driver but didn't really know how much difference there was between mainline and depot driver, and how easy (or not so easy) it is to move from depot to mainline.
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    GWR Train Driver talent pool

    Interesting development! You must've noticed it almost immediately as I tend to check every Friday just out of interest, and the Qualified posts were still on there. A few weeks ago they pulled the Par qualified vacancy and then started offering those who applied for Par to change to a different...
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    GWR Train Driver talent pool

    If they have the trainers! We all obviously hope for that call to come as soon as possible, but I've kind of accepted that my waiting time is likely to be pushed back considerably because of Covid. We won't ever know when we actually would've started if Covid never happened though.
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    GWR Train Driver talent pool

    Yeah that's a positive, you just need to get yourself in to a pool as I doubt they'll pull the plug on people currently in a pool waiting as those people could be there for several years. Good luck if you are able to alter your preference!
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    GWR Train Driver talent pool

    Oh that's an interesting change! Are you being the chance to change your application to a different depot and go straight to DMI for there then? Surprising that they're allowing Exeter St David's and not Penzance, Par to Exeter is quite a bit further than it is to Penzance!
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    GWR Train Driver talent pool

    I'm not in for the Par talent pool so obviously not received an email, but I did notice that the qualified driver vacancy for Par has disappeared of the First Group website. It previously was advertised for Penzance, Par, Plymouth and Exeter St Davids, however Par is no longer included on that...
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    Trainee Train Driver Talent Pools

    Which company/depot is this if you don't mind saying? I'm surprised a TOC would openly say there is nothing for two years, as especially now with Covid I'm sure predicting or planning for future demand is harder than ever. I'd have thought even if a TOC did think that way, they wouldn't go...
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    GWR Train Driver talent pool

    I agree with the indefinite talent pool thing, I just thought there may be a reason why they may suddenly be doing DMIs for depots when people have been waiting 8+ months for one. If there wasn’t a plan to start them any time soon, is it necessary to do the DMIs just tighter lockdown measures...
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    GWR Train Driver talent pool

    It may be possible that focussing on certain depots for DMIs might be in view of upcoming courses? It might be that there’s going to be courses again in the Spring and they need to complete talent pools before offering out start dates? Just a complete guess but might be a possibility ‍♂️
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    GWR talent pool

    Where are you in a pool for? I think it’s probably just luck whether pools and interviews were completed pre-Covid.
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    GWR talent pool

    I’m in a talent pool for GWR too and I *think* the pool I’m in is complete, as I was told that the final lot of interviews for my depot would be in February, therefore pre-lockdown. I don’t know whether that’ll impact start dates for depots where not all of the DMIs have taken place, as this is...
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    Would you leave a stable job for a trainee drivers job in this current climate?

    I'm in a similar position to you - I'm currently in a talent pool awaiting a start date for a TOC and would be leaving a very secure job where most of my career still lies ahead. Would be a lie if I said I didn't have the same doubts as you're having, however reading the forum regularly has been...
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    A career as a train driver

    I’m currently in the talent pool for Penzance, which was advertised in November/December 2018. As far as I’m aware, that was the last external recruitment drive for both Pnz & Par. That was advertised as the 2020/21 talent pool. I have no idea if there are any future drives planned to populate...
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    A career as a train driver

    @Wings it entirely depends on where you’d look to be based as different areas open up at different times. Which depot(s) would you look to apply for?

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