3000 applicants so far for TPE trainee dvr jobs!

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2 weeks left until closing date.

Good luck guys, you'll need it!
 
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Nothing like a damn good challenge to get ones teeth into. Don't forget though - of those 3000 applicants, many will have most likely failed to even battle their way through the TPE online application. Many will not even follow up their own application when offered assessments and interview. Some will even turn up in jeans and t-shirts (possibly late too). The odds get better all the time....Probaly now a 1 in 100 chance !

Seriously though... good luck to all who apply and I hope to meet some of you at the assessment centre.

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We loose about 50% automatically due to spelling errors etc, the rest are being read and shortlisted. The standard is very high and improving as the word spreads. Lots of graduates, ex forces and professional people are currently applying.
 

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We loose about 50% automatically due to spelling errors etc, the rest are being read and shortlisted. The standard is very high and improving as the word spreads. Lots of graduates, ex forces and professional people are currently applying.

Where did that info come from?

PS...I'm in that last bunch too...but don't worry I'm not naive enough to think that its an easy battle for any of those sectors that you mention.

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There are about 10 jobs across the 3 depots (man pic, lime st and sheffield). There will probably be about 5000 applicants by closing, of which 2000 will have got through to being read, of those about 100 or so will be shortlisted.
 

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We loose about 50% automatically due to spelling errors etc, the rest are being read and shortlisted. The standard is very high and improving as the word spreads. Lots of graduates, ex forces and professional people are currently applying.



I am one of the 3000-Gulp
 

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Di... seriously, you state these figures with confidence. Are those stats really genuine. I am amazed that it will come down to so few post shortlisting. Are you an inside man or do you have genuine prior experience?

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Where did that info come from?

PS...I'm in that last bunch too...but don't worry I'm not naive enough to think that its an easy battle for any of those sectors that you mention.

Lanc

Trust me when I tell you that I am giving you accurate info. As I'm sure you can appreciate I can't say much more than that.
 

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We loose about 50% automatically due to spelling errors etc, the rest are being read and shortlisted. The standard is very high and improving as the word spreads. Lots of graduates, ex forces and professional people are currently applying.

I assume that means based on the automatic spell check on the application that rejects English spellings, and the word "always"!<(
 

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Di... seriously, you state these figures with confidence. Are those stats really genuine. I am amazed that it will come down to so few post shortlisting. Are you an inside man or do you have genuine prior experience?

Lanc

It has to come down to a manageable ammount for shortlisting, inviting hundreds for testing would take to long and isn't really necessary with the quality of applicants.
 

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I assume that means based on the automatic spell check on the application that rejects English spellings, and the word "always"!<(

The spell check may highlight some English spelt worlds as misspelt but they do not get automaticaly rejected.
 

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The spell check may highlight some English spelt worlds as misspelt but they do not get automaticaly rejected.

That's reassuring, thanks :)
Do ones with "inappropriate words" get rejected automatically? Even if the word is a perfectly common word?
 

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There are about 10 jobs across the 3 depots (man pic, lime st and sheffield). There will probably be about 5000 applicants by closing, of which 2000 will have got through to being read, of those about 100 or so will be shortlisted.


That is a lot of applications for any HR department to deal with
 
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Di,

Sorry I do have other Q's....Do you have any idea when the assessments and interviews would start for this; only I know that the TOCs can be painfully slow at times,

Is there an appetite to get this lot moving quickly, or will it be the usual "on hold until vacancies arrive" ?

Sorry about the further Q's, but you do seem informative.

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Nope, it highlighted "always" as an "inappropriate word" :| No idea why!

Did the same in mine...I decided it was a good word and used in good context and so submitted anyway. Application still showing "awaiting shortlisting" though so I guess it got past the initial spellchecker!

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The best advice I can give re. completing the application and getting through the first stage is to type your answer on 'word', ensure there are no errors, then copy and paste onto the application. That should ensure your answers get read and marked accordingly.
 

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The best advice I can give re. completing the application and getting through the first stage is to type your answer on 'word', ensure there are no errors, then copy and paste onto the application. That should ensure your answers get read and marked accordingly.

Good advice and done that very way!

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The application advised giving as much detail as poss on current employment...I think I may well have bored them to death (or submission) not sure !

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Di,

Sorry I do have other Q's....Do you have any idea when the assessments and interviews would start for this; only I know that the TOCs can be painfully slow at times,

Is there an appetite to get this lot moving quickly, or will it be the usual "on hold until vacancies arrive" ?

Sorry about the further Q's, but you do seem informative.

Lanc

Assessmens and interviews will take place over the next few months, things do take time though, especially during times of mass recruitment like this. Both HR and driver managers are dealing with the applications due to the volume received.

Things won't be put on hold because these vacancies need filling, simple as that! Additional driver instructors are being trained at the moment to train both qualified drivers coming from other TOC's amd guys off the street.
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Good advice and done that very way!

Lanc
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The application advised giving as much detail as poss on current employment...I think I may well have bored them to death (or submission) not sure !

Lanc

As long as you didn't exceed the 250 word limit then that won't be a problem.
 

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Assessmens and interviews will take place over the next few months, things do take time though, especially during times of mass recruitment like this. Both HR and driver managers are dealing with the applications due to the volume received.

Things won't be put on hold because these vacancies need filling, simple as that! Additional driver instructors are being trained at the moment to train both qualified drivers coming from other TOC's amd guys off the street.
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As long as you didn't exceed the 250 word limit then that won't be a problem.

Yep...I admit I did notice the vacancies for trainers !

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If there is such a vast number of high quality applicants, why the extension to the deadline?

TPE must be one of the fastest growing TOC's at the min. They are opening new depots in Preston and Liverpool - lots of their routes are being wired and they have excellent performance figures.
 

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TPE must be one of the fastest growing TOC's at the min. They are opening new depots in Preston and Liverpool - lots of their routes are being wired and they have excellent performance figures.

Does anyone know how big the Liverpool drivers depot will be?
Has anyone got the link to TPE new proposed timetable?
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We loose about 50% automatically due to spelling errors etc, the rest are being read and shortlisted. The standard is very high and improving as the word spreads. Lots of graduates, ex forces and professional people are currently applying.

You mean we LOSE (not loose) 50%? That's you out of the train-driving profession. Henceforth I expect every new driver to know the route to Oxford because they spent at least three years there.
 

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TPE must be one of the fastest growing TOC's at the min. They are opening new depots in Preston and Liverpool - lots of their routes are being wired and they have excellent performance figures.

Is an amalgamation with Northern not on the cards for the future?

PS...anyone here know where the Assessments will be carried out?

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Is an amalgamation with Northern not on the cards for the future?

It's an option at the present and nothing more. I think that it's likely that we'll see some routes being swapped between the two but even that's not confirmed. All we know is that the end dates of the two franchises have been aligned .
 
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