You just made half this forum extremely jealous!Applied to 2 TOC’s at start of 2013. Passed all necessary tests, interviews etc and was offered both Trainee Driver roles.
Was my 1st time applying for anything on the railway and haven’t looked back.
Good luck to all still looking
I applied as a guard twice a year for 5 years until I was offered a job. I really wanted to be a guard. I was a guard for 3 years.
Then last year, after applying to many roles and not hearing anything, I suddenly had 15 interviews in the space of 3 weeks (for signaller, MOM, crossing keeper, delay attribution manager, incident controller, shunter and depot driver) and was offered the roles of shunter and driver. I took the driver role after passing all assessments. It's worth the grind.
What were you doing in transport out of interest?I made plenty of applications for customer service stuff, but I knew from my answers to the competency questions that I didn't really have enough relevant experience. Switched careers to something in transport, got the experience, and started applying again.
Unsuccessful after online tests on first driver app, awful phone interview on second app, learned from my mistakes and got offered a job on third attempt. All three of those happened within 9 months, and I started training only about 6 weeks after I accepted the offer so I feel very lucky, especially given the waits some people have in talent pools etc.