VTEC - Train Shunter - Bounds Green

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  1. Stepa_egg

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    DEP379-EXT - Train Shunter

    https://recruitment.virgintrainseas...Search=True&MenuID=JHlJbCpPGTg=&VacancyID=340

    Posted: 20/04/2017 17:05
    Salary: £33-37k plus London Allowance
    Location: Bounds Green Depot
    Level: Depot - Semi Skilled
    Deadline: 04/05/2017 23:59
    Hours: 35
    Benefits: Excellent package including final salary pension scheme and travel concessions
    Job Type: Full Time
    We are Virgin! In January 2014 we started a joint venture between Stagecoach and the Virgin Group as the shortlisted bidders for the new InterCity East Coast franchise. In November 2014, the eight-year franchise was awarded to the Stagecoach/Virgin joint venture company and commenced operating on 1 March 2015 trading as Virgin Trains East Coast.

    We have invested in brand new trains and technology; 2018 will see the introduction of our brand new Azuma trains. Azuma is coming with more seats, more leg room, faster Wi-Fi, on board entertainment and faster journey times.

    What do we have on offer??

    We are looking for shunters to join the Virgin Trains East Coast team at our Bounds Green Maintenance Depot, near Alexandra Palace, North London.

    As we eagerly await the introduction of our brand new fleet of Azuma trains next year, there couldn’t be a better time to join the team! Shunters form a crucial part of the depot’s overall performance and you will be joining the business at a very exciting time. You will be working a four-shift pattern, covering 24/7 duties.

    Employee benefits currently include free Virgin Trains East Coast travel and a range of other discounts and offers, as well as a competitive pension scheme.

    What will you do??

    You will be working on our existing fleet, helping to marshal the vehicles for maintenance, or re-form them ready for service. You will also become familiar with the operation of the signalling panels, liaising with King’s Cross signal box, as well as operating Ferme Park servicing sidings where vehicles are also fuelled.

    The Essentials

    Knowledge of Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental Standards & Compliance

    Knowledge of traction and rolling stock systems

    Experience of a railway operational environment

    What do we need you to be?

    You'll need to be motivated, hard working and an effective problem solver.

    We also need you to be:

    A team player

    Able to use your own initiative

    Safety conscious

    Have great attention to detail

    A clear and confident communicator

    Used to a physically demanding role that involves working outdoors

    Customer focussed

    This is a safety critical role, so you’ll also need to pass a strict medical screening to qualify for this role.

    If this sounds like you, apply now and let us know why you should be given this amazing opportunity to become one of our team. Brilliant people only please!!

    For more information, please contact peter.delacey@virgintrainseastcoast.com
     
  2. spuddie

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    Thanks for the heads up, have just applied. :D
     
  3. Termak

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    Hello, does anyone know if it's common to move up from shunter to become a mainline driver with Virgin trains?
     
  4. signallerscot

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    Unbelievable, a shunter earning more than a grade 4 signaller.
     
  5. Monopoli

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    Questions from a novice. What is traction and rolling stock system?

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  6. Spankthemonkey

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    Is there a difference between a shunter and a depot driver?
     
  7. godfreycomplex

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    In this case yes; operating shunting panels at Bounds Green and Ferme Park and liaising with drivers and depot staff; route setting and so forth. It's actually quite similar to a signaller. At VTEC; there are no depot drivers AFAIK; all driving is done by mainline drivers.
     
  8. godfreycomplex

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    Having seen the panels concerned it's probably about the same workload as a grade 4 (or 5 on a very busy night)
     
  9. Jimbo12345

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    I've been invited to an assesment day for this in a few weeks...I've got. A few questions. I understand I have to sit a group bourdon test..does anyone know if Virgin use the "dots" texts or the shapes test (like TfL)? Also I've failed the bourdon once before for a trainee driver position..if I was to fail this again would that be it for my hopes of driving? Cheers for your help
     
  10. ibrahim9140

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    You will be sitting the Rules Acquisition Aptitude Test (RAAT) and Safe Concentration & Attention Test (SCAAT).

    This is what it states in my email.
     
  11. E&W Lucas

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    There is no driving element to these jobs. Old fashioned shunting. Pulling points, physically coupling railway vehicles together, etc. Outdoors in all weathers, getting dirty, physical work.
     
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  12. ibrahim9140

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    Does anyone know shift patterns? Will it be mostly nights?
     
  13. godfreycomplex

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    Can't remember the exact pattern off hand; but yes (although it's not entirely nights)
     
  14. ibrahim9140

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    Thanks mate. Late finishes by 1 or 2?
     
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  15. Monopoli

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    How are you practicing for this?

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  16. Monopoli

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    Any one got any sites for a RAAT test never heard of this before?

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  17. nuts & bolts

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    If successful with the above, you maybe invited
    to take a Safety interview at the OPC in Watford.

    Good luck
     
  18. Monopoli

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    Are you currently working or do a similar job?

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  19. boom boom

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    Shifts are 0700/1900 and 1900/0700. Bear in mind that for commuting purposes. And next Year at some point you will transfer to Hitachi when they take over the depot
     
  20. ibrahim9140

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    So how does the roster work 4 on 4 off?
     
  21. nuts & bolts

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    Work 4 days then 4 days off, then 4 nights rolling.
     
  22. nuts & bolts

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    Was, now working the mainline.
     
  23. ibrahim9140

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    Thanks mate
     
  24. E&W Lucas

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    So if you're planning on using staff rate rail travel to get to work, ask lots of questions at interview about what your entitlements will be after the change over.
     
  25. Termak

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    Anyone else been to the assessment? I've been invited for the interview..had to change date though as it was too short notice to get a swap or day off.

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  26. ibrahim9140

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    I got invited to interview for this role.. can anyone please give me any tips about the interview please.

    Thank you.
     
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  27. AConroy

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    Hey guys!!

    I passed the assessment and I have an interview in just under 2 weeks. The assessment isn't that bad really, as long as you practice the with the materials they provide you with! ☺️☺️☺️
     
  28. ibrahim9140

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    Does anyone know whats the final salary for this role.. I know it says 33k to 37k plus london allowance.. still its not clear for me. Can someone please clarify this.

    Thank you.
     
  29. nick40uk

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    At a guess you'll probably start on 33k whilst training and on probation and move up to 37k once you've passed out.
     
  30. Monopoli

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    When did you go for your interview?

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