Hi Keef,Anybody got any idea if age is much of an issue. I know theoretically the answer is no but I am already retired and looking for a new career.
Only in the sense of management who are trained and passed out to work a box, panel or workstation during industrial action. I have not come across the concept you describe. Indeed it is currently not possible to book a place at signalling school without an IRC number and a Unique Position Number.
Quick Q re the Cardiff signaller position if anybody is able to answer..
I have seen on the forum a week or 2 ago that another applicant had his/her application updated to 'invitation to assessment 2 pending' whereas mine is still sat at 'test completed' which it has been for over a month now with no change.
Am I right in thinking that the recruitment team update all the successful applicants first before finally giving the bad news to those who are unsuccessful?
Or should I just be more patient waiting for my application to update and understand that the recruitment team are very busy?
I feel for those who waited for 6 months plus before hearing anything!!
Were there several positions advertised within this? If so they may have drawn up an initial list of people for interview - depending on how they go, you may get an interview later if they don't find the right person/people.
Just wondering if anybody be had heard the term “contingency signaller” before?
From what I hear, Network Rail have finally acknowledged that when positions become available through long term sickness, retirement, people moving up the grades etc that the cost of occupying these positions becomes high when using ‘premium hours’ because of the length of time it takes to employ and train someone. So they are looking at getting ‘contingency signallers’ who will go to school and then go back home ready for when a position becomes available locally, slot straight into it.
Has anyone here been one or know of anyone who has been one?
My advice to anyone would be work through the questions much faster than this, after 45 seconds just guess. Sometimes the questions are worded strangely and it is by all good reason a toss-upJust completed the verbal reasoning test. I completed 15 of 30 questions. Think I should be worried? On most of the questions the answer seemed clear to me, maybe hummed and hawed over a couple.
Ahh I see. Can't say I'm not gutted but still have my hat in on one more position so fingers crossed for that. CheersI’d say that’s a fair bet I’m afraid. Like I’ve said several times though, there might have been close to two hundred applicants who got to that stage so it’s incredibly competitive.
My advice to anyone would be work through the questions much faster than this, after 45 seconds just guess. Sometimes the questions are worded strangely and it is by all good reason a toss-up
I've also been invited to this next week, what day is yours? I found a thread on here last week, and I wish I could find it again, from someone who had attended a similar day. From what I recall, it wasn't anything you can really prepare for, other than the interview itself. There was some kind of group discussion and recalling information type test but the person who posted suggested that the LOM had designed the tests themselves so I don't know whether they will be the same for us. Good luck and if I find the post again I'll let you know!Hi all, first time post.
I have passed the online section, was wondering if anyone knew what the recruitment day tests involved?
"The Recruitment Day will include the following
- 45 minute Interview.
- 3 x Workshop Assessments (mixed individual and group reviews/assessments).'
I've also been invited to this next week, what day is yours? I found a thread on here last week, and I wish I could find it again, from someone who had attended a similar day. From what I recall, it wasn't anything you can really prepare for, other than the interview itself. There was some kind of group discussion and recalling information type test but the person who posted suggested that the LOM had designed the tests themselves so I don't know whether they will be the same for us. Good luck and if I find the post again I'll let you know!
In November I joined NR as a Contingency Signaller. Basically, i was brought in to be a 'reserve' if someone dropped out of Signalling School. Its too expensive to run a course thats not at full capacity. There were no dropouts so I have been shadowing at level crossings and doing some basic admin for a team in the York ROC. I start Signalling School on the 27th in Manchester and cant wait to get started.
Since day one I have been encouraged to apply for roles as I am currently on a 12 month contract. Because of the lengthy recruitment process, I currently have multiple Signaller vacancies going on in the background. I would imagine that if I have not found a role in 12 months I would be extended. They wouldn't spend all this money getting me through Signalling School, have me pass, just to give me the boot.
However, I would be highly surprised if you passed Signalling School and you were told to stay at home. You would have to get a role just like everyone else through the usual process applying from the day you join. In the mean time, they would have you in doing something, even if just shadowing.
This is whats happened to me. I can't vouch for what the process will be for future Contingency Signallers. Any questions just let me know.
Hi everyone, first time poster.
Had a good read through the thread and it has all been really helpful. I have recently applied for the Dunblane (Greenloaning) signaller position. I have met the required benchmark and was due to hear a response about my application today. Instead of the usual email update my online account was updated today to another 'Test Completed'. That is three 'Test Completed' updates in a row (12th/13th/20th).
Anyone know what this means RE my application?
Hope that makes sense,
I'm the same as you, Roughly same updates aswell. But from what I've read it can take weeks/months before you hear anything further. Where did you hear it would be today?