Surely anyone who wants to be a DI will do so within the relative safety of their own TOC? Who'd leave a TOC job to go here?
I guess and that's what concerns me.Can someone clarity how this works? Are these guys independent contractors that travel to whichever TOC requires some driver training? Surely they would require extensive route and traction knowledge for every TOC in the country for that to be possible
I'd guess he's also your first friend on the railway too. Helps you break the ice in the mess room, tells you a good place to park, points you towards the best sandwich shop. Trivial things, but invaluable when it comes to helping you to settle in to a new jobI guess and that's what concerns me.
As a trainee, what's important is how well my DI knows the route and traction they're teaching me. But they also teach you other things, like how the company works, how you deal with rosters and resources, how to get leave, approach swaps etc. Things that you need to know when you pass out but you'd never get from a contractor who just teaches you to drive.
If they hired out guards and drivers like agency staff, then those guards and drivers would need route and traction knowledge for every possible combination. If they don't have that knowledge they would be very restricted in what they could do. On the other hand, if it was just classroom based training, would they still get paid a train driver's salary? I'd love to hear the outcome of your enquiries, because there's definitely more questions than answers at the moment!I'd be interested to know more about this position. Once a driver, there's not much scope for progressing your career at my depot. The instructor positions seem to be taken up by instructors who have no intention on moving on, and all other depot or company training centres are too far away to commute.
I do wonder if its more to do with the training of train drivers in rules, classroom based traction and other training courses (driver instructor courses for instance). Once traniee drivers are competent in rules the handling would be done by the TOCs still (not sure if I explained that very well!). My TOC currently use an outside company to train mentors and instructors, so it seems it could be another one of these companies.
It seems they also have a number of guards and drivers they can hire out as almost like agency staff. I guess they hope that if TOC's go on strike, they'd be called upon. They strike me as a company like ROG.
I'll be emailing them later to ask for more information. My major concern is how you'd keep route and traction knowledge up. Also, if there's a lot of working away and staying at hotels, I don't think it would be worth the extra £100ish a month to be away from my family to do the job.