Qualified driver changing TOC’s - Recruitment process

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  1. No Fault Found

    No Fault Found Member

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    Hi.

    Does anybody have any experience or know what is involved in a qualified driver applying for a job with another TOC?

    I know of the ATOC B1 Form (sharing of safety information) but wondered the process going forward.

    I imagine all TOC’s are different but once you have your European Drivers License is it just a case of a medical and a simple interview or do you have to go through all of the psychometric tests again and other stages that a Trainee Driver would?

    Any help gratefully received. Thanks.
     
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  3. PudseyBearHST

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    I think every TOC/FOC is different but from memory, you do a rules assessment on the day and have to do an interview usually with a driver/depot manager. Psychometric testing doesn’t need to be done again but a medical needs to be done.

    As I say, the process will vary between train companies.
     
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    Brilliant, thanks for the reply. What you say was pretty much what I expected and seems logical.
     
  5. Eccles1983

    Eccles1983 On Moderation

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    When I did it it was -

    application form, safety of line form, interview, medical - offer.

    On arrival at new toc - induction, traction training, rules review, route learning.
     
  6. 1725RJ

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    Interesting question.

    Is there a minimum period of time (like a probation) you have to serve before being allowed to apply for a different TOC?
     
  7. Twotwo

    Twotwo Member

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    Should be 2 years.
     
  8. Joliver

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    2 years productive driving.
     
  9. baz962

    baz962 Established Member

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    Depends. EMR took some of our driver's with just one.
     
  10. Trainguy90

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    Literally depends on TOC, minimum will be an interview and the need for the B1 form followed by medical if successful.
    but some TOC’s will throw in a couple of psychometric tests or even a group interview recruitment day to help whittle the numbers down, ultimately yes your qualified but your still applying for a new job and they don’t all let you in easily
     
  11. Twotwo

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    I thought most tocs you had to be productive for 2 years. Having said that, a aslef bloke did mention that people have left for less and the company can't really do much.
     
  12. saracen

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    Every company is different. Crosscountry used to want 3 or 5 years experience but now, for example, it’s only 18 months
     
  13. stevieoz

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    I think drivers remain pre-qualified until they have two years experience but I know a driver who transferred within a couple of months of gaining his key.

    Eccles1983 did they do references and dbs check?
     
  14. Eccles1983

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    I think so. I had to be vetted by an external company, but the extent of it wasn't disclosed to me.
     
  15. tiptoptaff

    tiptoptaff Established Member

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    Nope, once passed out you're fully qualified - that's why it's called the Post Qualified Assesment period
     
  16. stevieoz

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    That what I meant clever clogs.

    My point is that you don’t need to be qualified for two years
     

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