Do you need a mechanical qualification for Trainee roles?

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  1. PotentialTrain

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    Hi guys,

    I am just wondering if anyone can shed some light on to whether or not most TOC's insist on a mechanical qualification in order to apply?
    I have seen a few advertisements that have suggested it but wondered if someone in the know or whom has been applying a lot has any ideas?

    Kind regards.
     
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  3. dakta

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    Trainee what, exactly? Catering assistant, maintenance, driver?

    Assuming driver, could well be but I doubt it and for the companies I've applied with its never been the case.
     
  4. Lanc688

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    Absolutely no requirement for any mechanical quals if applying for Traincrew roles.....rest assured, and good luck.
    Lanc
    --- old post above --- --- new post below ---
    Although as a a caveat to that, the exception may well be when considering Train Maintainer/ On Track Machine type jobs, but I'll leave that to them to fill you in.
    Lanc
     
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  5. PotentialTrain

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    Sorry forgot to specify as trainee driver.
     
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    In that case should be fine, obviously a good mechanical understanding always helps, but you shouldn't need anything specific :)
     
  7. JohnFM

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    This is from London Midlands' advertisements for trainee drivers:

    "You must be at least 21 years of age, and able to demonstrate the following:

    Good mechanical aptitude: a recognised technical qualification or time-served apprenticeship will be an advantage. "

    It is not necessary but advantageous. Many who get through do not have this.
     
  8. TDK

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    However if you do have a mechanical background or a qualification you stand a better chance of success.
     
  9. JohnFM

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    I just said that.
     
  10. PotentialTrain

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    TDK you seem to make a habit of misreading people's comments and jumping right on the band wagon like you did to my post.

    John, thanks for the advice. ;)
     
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    What makes london midland require it when others don't?
     
  12. TDK

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    It doesn't actually say it is a requirement as quoted it is an advantage as is customer service experience etc.
     
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