What happens if you're not included in a recent training course?

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RBSN

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I'm on of the lucky hand-full of trainee train driver applicants that are currently waiting for a course date and medical (for Leeds station) I was told at interview that they will have a course running both in June and July this year.

My question is; what happens if you pass the medical but still don't find yourself on a course?

Are you then put in a talent pool? for how long? can you stay in the pool until your assessment day pass 'licence' expires? (5 years)?
 
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Dave999

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The Medical lasts 3 years and I believe the tests do also so in principle that's the max time you would wait.

Should be sooner though as generally you are put through for a medical when they have a course on the horizon.
 

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Not sure about current process as Arriva took over franchise in April. Northern Rail interviews used to expire after 9 months therefore the maximum time you could spend in a talent pool was 9 months although I'm sure there were exceptions.
 

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I'm pretty sure it's longer than that; I know people who spent over 12 months in the talent pool - though there was no further recruitment during that period so I think they 'drained' the pool rather than running further recruitment processes.
 

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I'm pretty sure it's longer than that; I know people who spent over 12 months in the talent pool - though there was no further recruitment during that period so I think they 'drained' the pool rather than running further recruitment processes.

If you have had a medical it will be imminent , I was in the pool for over 2 yrs
 

Fred Dinenage

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You could give them a ring, that'd kill any ambiguity. Getting a straight answer might not be so easy though :P
 

LETHLFH

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What I stated earlier regarding 9 months I'm convinced is correct as I have seen friends hopes built up and then they have missed out or had to re-interview when applying again, although I think this recruitment practice was specific to Northern Rail (not sure whether Arriva have changed this or not.) I am aware from this forum other Toc's talent pools seem to last a number of years.
 

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What I stated earlier regarding 9 months I'm convinced is correct as I have seen friends hopes built up and then they have missed out or had to re-interview when applying again, although I think this recruitment practice was specific to Northern Rail (not sure whether Arriva have changed this or not.) I am aware from this forum other Toc's talent pools seem to last a number of years.

It is correct ( was 6 months with northern originally ) I just had a re interview
 

RBSN

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Apparently those that are deemed fit for the role (pun intended) will be invited to the medical from late this week. We might all have our answers within two weeks!
 

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As far as I'm aware your not sent for medical until they've got you a start date in mind. Or it'd be a waste of money
 
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