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Discussion in 'Railway Jobs & Careers' started by scouseyb123, 8 Jan 2020.
only 36k once qualified?
No depot in York?
Nope, Leeds the nearest
Ah man i'd need a helicopter to get there within 1 hour.
Have a minimum of 3 years railway operational experience. That’s my chances out of the window then
I don't think it says an hour on the ad - it's "nationwide" anyway so it may well be for whatever depots have vacancies. Could be Leeds, could be elsewhere (New Street is presumably going to feature quite highly)
Nought, something i remember from applying some *time* ago. Varies toc to toc and 30 to 60 mins
You MUST have 3 years OPERATIONAL railway experience or 2 years with CrossCountry.
Good luck to all that apply. Guess ill just have to sit and wait for opportunities with TPE and Northern.
Or Avanti? And what about freight?
Northern are presently advertising for a trainee driver in Manchester so I'd get your skates on if you want to apply.
That's me out then, by only inviting candidates with 3 years experience on the railways to apply is going to rule out quite a lot of people. Doesn't seem fair to me but I suppose they can decide the rules.
It says candidates will have to commit to the 32 week course? Surely that’s some handling too?
That's kind of the point.
This is the first time Arriva XC has advertised externally for Trainee drivers in a long time if not ever.
I think it's quite clever actually. It's effectively semi-internal recruitment only they can draw on the entire industry not just XC employees as their internal candidates which makes it a very good way of doing an early sift but without narrowing your pool to just your company...
I'm not sure but it will include some annual leave time I believe.
Yes by my reading the two different courses have blocks of annual leave included in within them. Course one starts 18th May and my reading of the advert is that there's a week long block of annual leave commencing 3rd August and then a two week block commencing 21st December. Though the advert isn't exactly crystal clear on quite what they mean!
" Have a minimum of 3 years railway operational experience."
So to clarify, this basically means anybody working on the railway? i.e. Network Rail, Conductors, station staff?, cleaners??
I am none of these but just curious.
Typical Leeds arrogance.. think they can just walk into a job
Surprised it’s gone external really. Maybe there’s not as many crossing the road from WMR? Or not enough SC and TM applying? (A long standing SC and mate of mine is now driving for them)
It's only just gone out internally as well.
Well why isn’t it fair? There is a lot of people that work on the railway that would jump at the chance of being a driver! I started at the bottom and worked myself up to where I am today. Why should people walk out from the street into top jobs?
It strikes me as somewhat unusual that a TOC would advertise externally for trainees, but still limit the pool of applicants to people with operational railway experience.
It seems a little blinkered to exclude those from non railway backgrounds, some of whom may well be better suited to the driver role than people already working on the railway in non driving positions.
Still, it’s their train set.
I wish this was open to those who have passed all the assessments with other TOCs which has happened recently with other companies.
I wonder how many involved in the XC Twitter storm were looking going for this.
Cause there’s plenty of two faced people out there.
I'm surprised it's gone external tbh, they would have had no trouble filling it internally. Of course that's not to say that it wont be.
Has anyone received any acknowledgement after applying?
With previous applications on the DB job site I have received a system generated response. On this occasion I have received nothing.
I suppose by keeping these driving jobs within the rail industry family, the XC will have easier access to the performance history of potential candidates. By that I mean, sometimes it's hard for HR to chase up things like references from outside industries and through no fault of the candidates, I've known people have contracts of employment withdrawn at the 11th hour when something has been discovered about their past work history.
When I joined the police in 2003, one lad on my intake was immediately 'removed' from the job because of something that got flagged up during a DBS check - I don't know the whys and wherefores about the whole affair. I've seen it quite a few times with people in different careers when HR try their best to recruit the right people but a few skeletons appear a few months or even a few years down the line.
The point I'm making is that I get the impression Cross Country have ensured any potential candidates for these roles are potentially 'tailor made' people they can easily vet and check out - in a way a 'good to go' scenario that would make the HR's role a bit easier.
I have not received any email.