South west Trains Full time depot driver (deadline 03/06)

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  1. Val3ntine

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    Depot Driver
    Reference number SWT03596
    Region Metro
    Location Wimbledon Train Care Depot
    Contract Type Full Time
    Contact Fleet

    Main purpose
    As a Depot Driver, you will be a key member of the operations team, whose role in the delivery of the safe and punctual operation of the train service is of prime importance. You will be expected to achieve and consistently demonstrate a high standard of driving techniques in all weather conditions.
    You will undertake your driving activities in an environment in which you will sometimes be working under pressure and be required to cope with multiple, swiftly altering demands. As you would expect, it is important to promote high standards of communication, in the interests of safety and customer service.

    Principal accountabilities
    Undertake driving duties on types of trains and over routes where qualified to do so.
    Prepare, drive and dispose of trains safely using the prescribed techniques as set out in the appropriate instructions, and the company’s driving policy.
    Resetting of on-board electrical control systems.
    Coupling and uncoupling of units and the attachment/detachment of coupling bags.
    Undertake brake tests for own or other trains and ensure environmental stock examinations are carried out.
    Operate hand points and signal plungers in respect of yard/siding arrival and departure.
    Undertake minor maintenance tasks such as wiper blade and light bulb changes.

    Shift pattern
    Average of 36 hours per week. Full time shifts including early, late and nights.

    Minimum requirements
    Minimum age 21
    Must reach required health and fitness standards as position is classified as safety critical (see SWT Safety Critical statement)
    Applicants requiring a visa must have at least 6 months remaining at the start of employment.


    DEADLINE 03/06!!
     
  2. vit4

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  3. EazyGuy

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    I applied for this, live within walking distance of the depot. Is there much opportunity for depot drivers to move to mainline with SWT? If so, how long would the wait be roughly?
     
  4. Stigy

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    The training salary is around £24k plus £2,000 inner London allowance (most Depot Driver training is 'on the job' so the amount of time on the training salary would vary!)

    The qualified salary is around £38k plus £2,000 inner London allowance.

    It's strange that the salary isn't listed in the advert as for such jobs it usually is....Maybe because they don't want applicants applying just for the salary?
     
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  5. Tibbins

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    So in a nut shell what's this job about
     
  6. vit4

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    Brilliant, thank you :)

    And yes, I assumed that was why! Well, fingers crossed :)
     
  7. Stigy

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    Driving trains within depot limits...very slowly. Depending on the depot there's shunting involved too.
     
  8. Tibbins

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    Well I did apply for it last night lets see where this goes I guess
     
  9. pipman42

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    I was going to apply bit I think Wimbledon is too far away from Dartford. They probably wouldn't even look at my application.
     
  10. Tibbins

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    Would of been a long way to travel south east are looking for depot drivers I think
     
  11. JB25

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    First driving job of any kind I have seen advertised by SWTs. I have been looking at their site at least once a week for almost three years now.
     
  12. Tibbins

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    I hear this is a good way to get in the trainee driving seat.
     
  13. Layaboutlarry

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    I am doing the same role at another company and that qualified salary for a depot driver is more than the trainee mainline salary here.
    It's a great way to get your foot in the door!

    At my company the average time in the depot is currently no more than 18 months before you get on the mainline course (subject to good performance).

    Good luck to all that applied.
     
  14. Tibbins

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    Oh wow that really good to here. If you don't mind me asking what is your average day like?
     
  15. Stigy

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    Beat in mind also that as the mainline salary at SWT is also around the 23k mark for first few months, then goes up in increments, you'd have to be prepared for a salary drop from the 40k ish salary you'll be accustomed to...quite a drop so one would need to be prepared!
     
  16. nick40uk

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    Has anyone heard anything from SWT regarding this vacancy? Got my application in on time and an e-mail with a candidate ID number but not heard anything since.
     
  17. scot1

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    Yes, I got a rejection email.
     
  18. Tibbins

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    I've heard zero!!
     
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