Train driver apprenticeship

Responsible for driving trains in a safe, punctual, economic manner over various routes

A train driver could work in a number of rail environments, moving passengers, goods, empty coaching stock or driving on-track machines to perform infrastructure maintenance work. Duriing the train driver apprenticeship you’ll train with a view to working for long periods of time on your own, so you must be able to maintain a high level of concentration and be able to make instant complex decisions quickly during normal and degraded conditions. You must be able to communicate clearly and accurately with stakeholders and may be required to supervise others to enable compliance with regulations through safe and effective rail operation. A driver has overall responsibility for passengers, staff and goods on the train. Your responsibilities may include communicating with the signaller, crossing attendant, operations control, other rail industry personnel, or the British Transport and the civilian police. You’ll work shifts that include weekends, evenings and nights.


Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: Geography

Entry requirements for the train driver apprenticeship: Must meet minimum requirements of Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010, including medical standards of physical health. Aged 18 or over

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £30,000 per annum

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