A career as a signaller

Discussion in 'Railway Jobs & Careers' started by gradient, 16 May 2016.

  1. Kraken

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    I would just apply for everything you like the look of. I can't imagine the recruitment process will exactly be flying along for the next few months and you may as well have your applications in if and when the process starts moving along. Also even if you were offered a start date before January could you not apply for early release from your forces notice period? Certainly during my time if you were moving into a public sector job (like Network Rail sort of is) they would give you a bit of leeway in not having to serve the full 12 months.
     
  2. Rockhopper

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    I'd imaging the forces would be more than happy to get rid sooner rather than later - reduces their costs if nothing else!
     
  3. Allaboard78

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    Thanks for your replies.

    Do intervals ever not start in a promotion? Is there any point even thinking about being the reserve candidate?
     
  4. Rockhopper

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    Medical fails, unavailability, better job turned up, references no good etc etc - all reasons why they chosen candidate might not take up their post. Happens not infrequently if you read the whole thread!
     
  5. Allaboard78

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    Even if they are internal candidates? I saw one post about 50 pages back about someone who heard back after 10 weeks!!
     
  6. Rockhopper

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    We don't hear much on here about how internal candidates get on.
     
  7. bouff34

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    Even internal candidates might then see their perfect job come up before they start a new one. Often it can be several weeks or even months before they are released from their current position and their situation changes in this time. I've known a signaller who was the successful candidate for a relief role and was even being paid for the new grade due to not being released. In the meantime they then successfully got a job as a MOM hence re-opening the relief vacancy.
     
  8. Allaboard78

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    I will keep fingers crossed!!
     
  9. 89jordanbj

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    With what is going on in the world at the moment is it likely that most of the signaller vacancies that are online now will not start potentially until next year? Given that signalling schools which have already been planned have now been postponed. Or could training possibly be done locally to combat the backlog of courses?
     
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    My training is being done locally, a new centre has opened in the city and I was told several new training centres will be opening to meet demand.
     
  11. SiggysigAah

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    Apply, wait, read up on as much as I can about the role and interview. Cross my fingers and be patient is my plan.
     
  12. Cavan

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    I imagine interviews will be bottom of LOMs priorities now. Let alone asking people to travel to them.
     
  13. LOM

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    HR are encouraging hiring managers to do phone interviews for now.
     
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    I had my interview last week and the LOMs I spoke to said they wanted to continue interviewing by whatever means for as long as possible as there was a need to recruit.
     
  15. Tom Quinne

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    People drop out after a job offer, people fail Medicals, in my case I dropped out of my initial offer which was a FTC to take a permanent grade 7 job.

    So it’s happens more often than you may think.
     
  16. Danny5213

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    I'm pretty sure that doesn't apply to me as I'm coming to the end of my 22 so not got my notice in as such. Its just been announced today that they're offering extensions of at least a year due to the crisis. I think I'm going to take the plunge and apply and see what happens. Uncertain times. Good advice from those on here. Appreciated.
     
  17. ArchangelA

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    Are all external signalling jobs fixed term contracts now (24 month etc)?
     
  18. Midlands_lad

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    The job I have been offered certainly is (2 year fixed term).
     
  19. Gallius

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    Nope, not all, it will usually state in the job advert if it is. I was recently offered a permanent role.
     
  20. Tom Quinne

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    No, if the job is fixed term the advert will state so.
     
  21. Tom Quinne

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    Some very juicy and interesting locations on the external list as the moment.
     
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    What is juicy at the moment?
     
  23. Mi&Li

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    I’m personally intrigued by the Newark 24% relief role. Closing date is 26/03 and something I’ve never seen specified before, interview date 20/04. Now if adhered to, that’s some turnaround!
     
  24. Tom Quinne

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    Westbury, Worcester, Eversham to name but three.
     
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    Good morning Tom.
    I see Abercynon SB has gone external this morning. Do you happen to know what shift rotation they work there?

    Also, I see there is a volume recruitment for Worcester locations, are there any locations within the Worcester working region which are within an hours drive of Newport South Wales?

    Thanks in advance
     
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    If you have a grade 5 signaller who moves to a grade 1 crossing for maybe 10 years can he now just move back after 3 training days to a grade 3 because of virus
     
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    Abercynon work 8 hrs, 06-14, 14-22, 22-06 and 12 hr Sundays, 06-18 and 18-16
     
  29. 89jordanbj

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    Cheers Gareth
     
  30. Tom Quinne

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    With suitable refresh I don’t see why not.
     

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