Job reference: SYS-7455

Location OBAN
Business Area / Department Head Office ~ Operations
Type of Role Perm - Full Time
Salary & Benefits £29,259 per annum training rate
Closing Date 30/10/2021
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Job reference: SYS-7455


ScotRail has played a critical role in keeping people moving during the pandemic, with services helping get key workers and others to where they need to be. There has been significant investment across the network to electrify lines, and on new and upgraded trains. This helped to deliver ScotRail’s highest ever score for customer satisfaction in the most recent National Rail Passenger Survey. With more than 5,000 employees, we are looking for people who are focussed on our customers, to continue delivering the best possible service for people throughout the country.

We are seeking trainee train drivers. This is an exciting chance to embark on a new and interesting career with great prospects and benefits.

Our train drivers are excellent communicators who are passionate about customer service and are able to stay calm and alert whilst working under pressure. Drivers have a leading role in ensuring the safety of customers and colleagues.

Varying circumstances, for example; weather, foliage, gradients and environment can alter how a driver will negotiate the track. It is therefore essential that a driver is familiar with the route and has a logical mind in order to anticipate changes required. On some trains it is necessary to make announcements to passengers and open and close doors by remote control. A good communicator, you will liaise with other rail staff and on occasion, provide written incident reports.

Experience working in an equally responsible role where safety is paramount is essential.

Enthusiasm, a positive approach and an ability to stay focused is as important as good problem solving. A flexible approach is vital as shift and weekend working will be required. Ideally you will hold a current driving licence.

Shift times will vary between early and late, including weekend working. The post covers a 35 hour week. Due to the extremities of the shift pattern you will be required to live within a maximum 45 minute drive from Oban Railway Station.

For trainee train drivers - during the first year of intensive training the reference salary is £29,259 per annum. As a newly qualified driver the reference salary will be £40,672, after 6 months £43,438 and after 9 months £46,652. On successful completion of all training and probation the reference salary is £51,500 per annum.  

The first year, will be spent on the driver training programme. This will include induction training, first aid, fire safety, front cab experience, driver rules and route learning. Training will continue until you have a satisfactory final assessment and you take over the full duties of the post. Due to the nature of the training programme we are unable to guarantee any annual leave during the first 4 months of employment.

As this is a safety critical post with rail industry safety requirements, there are certain medical and fitness standards that must be reached for the role of train driver.

At ScotRail, we proactively embrace diversity across our workforce. To build a more sustainable future, we need the best team- a team with a diverse mix of people and skills, where everyone feels valued and heard and able to thrive. We recognise that we are under-represented in terms of women, young people, the differently abled and people from ethnically diverse backgrounds. We’re therefore taking positive steps to promote a positive and inclusive culture; we welcome applications from those that identify with these groups to better represent the communities we serve.

Selection process: Short-listed candidates will be invited to two separate assessment days in Glasgow and a further day for interview. You may be asked to attend these days at short notice. The final stage for successful candidates will be to attend a medical examination and drugs/alcohol screening. Appointees will be asked to submit at least two satisfactory references, Disclosure Scotland clearance and complete a six month probation period.

We receive a high volume of applications for this role. Please note, if you have not received a communication from the ScotRail Recruitment Team to invite you to assessment stage within the next 8 week period we will be unable to progress your application further on this occasion. Only successful candidates at application stage will be contacted.