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yomper11

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I've had an email stating they are reviewing my application, I did mine the day after it came out, so they seem to be moving apace.
 

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I've had an email stating they are reviewing my application, I did mine the day after it came out, so they seem to be moving apace.

When I first applied I got a email every 2 weeks saying still going through them will be in touch then suddenly got a test day ... It’s taken 4 months so far and I’ve just got to the pre employment medical next Tuesday .
 

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Got a call this afternoon saying I was unsuccessful sadly. Bit of a silver lining is they put me in the talent pool for ground staff/shunter so theres that.
 

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Does anyone know the realistic timeframe it will take to be qualified and driving mainline from this junior driver/apprenticeship role?
I understand it's only for a place in a talent pool, but just curious for more info on where it will take you...
 

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Does anyone know the realistic timeframe it will take to be qualified and driving mainline from this junior driver/apprenticeship role?
I understand it's only for a place in a talent pool, but just curious for more info on where it will take you...
Business dependant, if there’s a requirement to go mainline and you show more initiative than the rest, then I’m guessing that’s a good case to move on. If there’s no business need to move that way, in the yard you will stay ! That’s just my take on it from chatting to others.
 

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Does anyone know the realistic timeframe it will take to be qualified and driving mainline from this junior driver/apprenticeship role?
I understand it's only for a place in a talent pool, but just curious for more info on where it will take you...
It's a progressive role, so, as and when vacancies arise. Some juniors round some areas were juniors for about 6 months, some less than that. I know in some areas, they've been in the position for longer and will stay there until a vacancy arises.
 

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Good afternoon,

I am travelling up to Doncaster for an assessment on the 10th October. I haven’t had much time to prepare for this as I was only invited Friday afternoon!

This is my first attempt at this so as you can imagine I am a bit nervous and trying not to get my hopes up too much.

I have a good idea now of what to expect on the day from this thread, but was wondering if anybody knows of any online tools I could use to prepare for the day?

Many thanks.
 
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Good afternoon,

I am travelling up to Doncaster for an assessment on the 10th October. I haven’t had much time to prepare for this as I was only invited Friday afternoon!

This is my first attempt at this so as you can imagine I am a bit nervous and trying not to get my hopes up too much.

I have a good idea now of what to expect on the day from this thread, but was wondering if anybody knows of any online tools I could use to prepare for the day?

Many thanks.

The only test worth spending any time on IMO is the Group Bourden (dots) and there is a specific thread on here about it. You'll find a program that you can download and run on a PC which simulates the assessment and allows you to print out practise tests.
 

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As atishyou says there should be more however db have just lost the Mendip Contract which is 80% of actons work so that depot everyone is hesitant on what's happening as in are they going to get tupeed over to somewhere else or depot transfer. Db have said there's plenty of work there for Acton drivers but myself I can't see it but its just a waiting game
No-one at Acton is getting Tuped across.

It is also no secret that Freightliner don't have enough drivers, so looks as if DB will get some of the work back.
 

a.james

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Good afternoon,

I am travelling up to Doncaster for an assessment on the 10th October. I haven’t had much time to prepare for this as I was only invited Friday afternoon!

This is my first attempt at this so as you can imagine I am a bit nervous and trying not to get my hopes up too much.

I have a good idea now of what to expect on the day from this thread, but was wondering if anybody knows of any online tools I could use to prepare for the day?

Many thanks.
Ive just recently passed mine and as above I'd say concentrate on group bourdon and prep work for your MMI interview.
Have my DMI today, feeling more nervous about my interview than the assessments.
 

MA8141

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Ive just recently passed mine and as above I'd say concentrate on group bourdon and prep work for your MMI interview.
Have my DMI today, feeling more nervous about my interview than the assessments.
Good luck ! What depot is it for ? Sorry if you’ve already said and I’ve missed it !
 

a.james

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But they've not been specific on which depot. As I am in reasonable distance to South Yorkshire, Doncaster and Peak Forest it could be for any of those.
 

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Thanks for the advice, well done and good luck for your DMI!

Don’t be nervous .. I’ve had my DMI a month ago .. they are very relaxed ... seems to be basic questions tbh well mins was .. don’t know if it’s because of my railway background but it is relaxed and no pressure .
 

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Don’t be nervous .. I’ve had my DMI a month ago .. they are very relaxed ... seems to be basic questions tbh well mins was .. don’t know if it’s because of my railway background but it is relaxed and no pressure .
Trying not to be haha. Also, for the TEA-Occ test with the two tones, do you have to count the certain tone in your head or can you use a pen and paper to mark every time you hear it?
 

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Does anyone know if there’s a timeframe on your medical once you’ve passed and waiting for a start date ?
 
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