Thanks for the info.The only HEX drivers I've met are ex-HEX drivers. Three of them. They all said it's not a great place to work and people don't hang around there for long. I get the impression the majority of drivers still working there are either PQA or have safety of line records that make it hard to leave. Mind you, one of the ex-HEX drivers I spoke to (route learning in their new job with another London TOC) said people leave in their PQA period too if someone else will have them. Sorry that doesn't help you, but, from what I've been told, that company is a means to getting your key and then getting out as soon as you can.
I have a HEX drivers course in starting in October. The shift pattern is 6 on 4 off. Not sure about the trainee pay, I was told one number in the final interview with no mention of it increasing during the training period (which is a surprisingly short 6 months). Reading the replies has been interesting, I’m super excited to get started and get my key!
Six months is probably about right for HEX as they don’t cover certain rule book modules like level crossings and the like as they sign have any !
One route, soon to be one traction etc