Applying for Train Driver Job with Criminal Record?

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  1. Matt45

    Matt45 New Member

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    Bit embarassing to ask this but someone might be able to help.

    Am very interested in applying for a trai driver job but am wondering if having a criminal record will go against me.

    My conviction is just spent under thee Rehabilitation of Offenders Act so I may not even have to disclose it. I am just wondering are the criminal record checks just a regular one or are they enhanced which I think means I would have to declare it?
     
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  3. king_walnut

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    May I ask what it's for?

    Each case would probably be taken on its own merit. If you got drunk and ploughed your car into a load of pedestrians then the railway will not want you. If you committed something like a public order offence then you might well be okay.
     
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    If it’s spent then you don’t have to declare it, the DBS check is a basic one so as long as it’s spent nothing will show up so no need to declare
     
  5. Matt45

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    Was for GBH. I know that sounds bad but I was young and stupid.

    This is what I am not so clear about if I don't have to declare it as it is spent, does it even matter?
     
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    I might be wrong but don’t application usually ask “within the last 5 years?” Or so
     
  7. C J Snarzell

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    Morning

    There are a couple of websites where you can research this, but without knowing exactly the whys and wherefores of your own conviction if the 5th anniversary of your court date has passed - you no longer need to declare it (please double check though).

    If the conviction is still unspent (less than 5 years) you still have to declare it. I wouldn't let this stop you applying though as the conviction doesn't necessarily have direct consequences to the role of being a train driver. Drink driving is probably the biggest no no for becoming a train driver.

    Good luck.

    CJ
     
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    I once stole an iced bun from my school canteen. Didn’t stop me getting a job on the railway!
     
  9. Matt45

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    Thanks. Yeah its 5 years now from getting sentenced in court and 4 years from the end of the sentence I got.
     
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    Check the DBS website mate, some convictions do not run
    out due to safeguarding considerations. I had a conviction for assault about 35 years ago when I was a youngster. It does not show up on a regular DBS, but does for an enhanced check. It didn't stop me joining the Army or the Fire Service, which I recently retired from. It did show up for a tutoring job I applied for last year though, and I had to explain the circumstances. They were ok with it, but I understand it will always be on my record due to it possibly being a safeguarding concern.
     

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