West Midlands training

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  1. Weebs

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    Hi, if anyone has recently trained with West Midlands trains as a driver in Birmingham, can you please tell me how much of the training was in Birmingham and were else and how long was the training, cheers. Paul
     
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  3. Jon1930

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    Depends what job you're training for
     
  4. Weebs

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    Trainee driver
     
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    1 week induction in brum
    2 weeks rules in brum
    2 weeks front end turns from your depot
    3 weeks rules in brum
    3 weeks traction probably Soho for New St drivers
    2 weeks rules - brum
    from this point onwards you are with a driver instructor (if they have any) based at your depot
     
  6. Weebs

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    mate that is so helpful you won’t believe, thank you so much, let’s just hope I passed the interview today to get in the course..
     
  7. S-Car-Go

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    After your last rules, do you have a week called "principles of route learning"? (Bletchley trainee here - we have the same courses in the same order, split between Bletchley & Northampton)
     
  8. Weebs

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    Yea if I pass my depot will be Bletchley as well, how challenging have you found the course? How long has it taken you so far?
     
  9. Coach Carter

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    Ours ran,
    1 week induction/PTS
    2 weeks introduction to operations
    2 weeks front ending
    3 weeks rules part 1
    3 weeks traction
    1 week depot specifics/slow moves
    2 weeks rules part 2
    1 week principals of route learning
    (I also have 2 weeks of traction conversion to do next)
    Then comes the handling (learning to drive) and there is a SPAD awareness week popped in the middle of that.
     
  10. Weebs

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    how challenging how you found it, what job did you do before you joined West Midlands trains?
     
  11. Coach Carter

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    First 3 weeks were the most challenging as at that point everything was new to me as I came from coach driving. After that you have some knowledge to work from.
    The facilities at the academy are great and the trainers are all really good and nice people.
     
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    thats really helpful to know, thanks, if I find out that I’ve been given a place on a course can I please pick your brains some more?
     
  13. Coach Carter

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    Yer mate no problem, feel free to send me a msg. Best of luck
     
  14. S-Car-Go

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    Good luck with your interview. If you need to ask anything, just message me.
     
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    Pretty much same as mine then. Although we had 3 weeks front ending as some trainers were unavailable for Rules Pt 1. Then a 2 week gap for Christmas after Traction, and I don't think we do much traction conversion since we sign only 1 type. In your Rules Pt 2, do they just examine you on that 2 weeks of learning? Or bundle stuff from previous modules to test you on too?
     
  16. Weebs

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    Thanks gents much appreciated.
    Hopefully speak soon.
     
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    Great news chaps I’ve passed the interview, very chuffed, unfortunately unless something changes I’m not on the course in April but on the course after later in the year.
     
  18. S-Car-Go

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    Well done, congratulations!
     
  19. Withoutabix

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    Congrats dude

    there seems to be a few of us now just waiting for a medical so hopefully will start hearing about that soon if there starting to get more people through to this stage
     

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