Trainee Drivers - 4 days a week - Part Time

5 days left

Orpington (City/Town), London (Greater)
£22,432 rising to £50,908
25 Aug 2018
25 Sep 2018
Contract Type

Overview of the Trainee Drivers - Future Opps 2018 Role

About us:

Southeastern is one of the busiest commuter rail companies in the UK running more than 2,000 trains, and carrying nearly 600,000 passengers every day between London, Kent and East Sussex.

With over 4,000 employees - mostly from the communities that we serve - we work together to provide this vital service and are now are looking to expand our successful team. We have a strong set of values that shape the way we run our business and guide our staff in delivering what our customers need. These are:

  • We care passionately about our people and our passengers
  • We make the difference together
  • We aim to be the best

Your role:

Train drivers are at the heart of our business, getting our passengers to where they need to be, on time and safely. Driving a train carries great responsibility but with that comes pride and achievement, knowing that an invaluable service has been delivered to thousands of people every single day.

We’re for a great mix of talented, confident, committed individuals onto our driving team. We look for people with concentration, co-ordination and a talent for customer service too – our training provides all the skills and knowledge you'll need to operate a train. On appointment into a Trainee Driver role you will be enrolled into the Driver Apprenticeship Programme which will lead to a nationally recognised qualification. 

Train Driving is a safety critical role, so you must be aged over 20 to apply

About you:

To excel in your role, you will need:

  • To care about our customers, keeping them updated with information and advice on their journey
  • To have excellent communication skills
  • To be proactive when it comes to problem solving and decision making
  • To be disciplined with a healthy respect for rules & procedures
  • To be punctual and reliable
  • To demonstrate our values on a day to day basis

We are currently looking for applications for our Orpington Depot for future opportunities.  

[Please note that for the above applicants must live within a 10 mile radius of the Orpington depot. Unfortunately your application will not be considered if you do not meet the above requirement] 

Hear from our team:

This is what some of our existing drivers have to say....

“Training to be a driver is done by a series of modular tests, taking anything from 18 months to a year. This includes 255 hours of accompanied driving, including 40 hours in the dark.” 

“Safety is a driver's number one consideration and concentration is their number one challenge. The way I look at it is that if I'm looking after my own safety, I'm looking after the customers too.”

"The biggest misconception about driving a train these days is that it's all automated. It's not. As a professional driver our responsibility is not just safety, its keeping our customers informed on how their journey is going – it makes a real difference”

“Working shifts as a driver gives me so much flexibility, I enjoy the days when I can pick my kids up from school and take them swimming”

“Team work is important!  From our station staff, conductors, signallers and even our control centre - we need to communicate and work together to ensure that the customer experience is the best it can be”

Working here

You will work a varied shift pattern, which includes weekends, bank holidays and nights.

Rosters vary but are based over a 28 hour week; you will normally work one week early shift and one week late shift.

Your earliest start time could be 00:01 hrs and your latest finish time could be anytime as we operate a 24 hour railway.

As a driver your maximum shift length will be 9 hours 15 minutes and the minimum shift length is 5 hours 30 minutes.

Extra benefits

Southeastern recognises the value of every individual employee and offers benefits that reflect this.

As well as a generous salary, we offer an impressive benefits package which includes a Contributory Final Salary Pension Scheme and free travel on Southeastern and Govia Thameslink rail services. After a qualifying period, you can also look forward to reduced rate travel on other train operators, including European services – benefits which extend to family members

You’ll receive 28 days annual leave entitlement (which includes bank holidays) a proportion of your annual leave is rostered. You’ll have access to an array of discounts for retail and leisure products through our ‘Benefits for You’ scheme.

In addition we also offer a number of family friendly benefits including maternity/paternity leave, childcare vouchers, parental leave and shared parental leave.

Next steps

If you like what you’ve read here and think you are the person we’re looking for then we’d like to hear from you.

As part of our recruitment process you will complete a series of aptitude tests, and undergo a medical and drugs/alcohol screening, prior to employment

This post will close before the intended closing date should a sufficient number of suitable applications be received. Therefore, if you are interested in applying for this role, we suggest that you do so at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

Southeastern welcomes applications from a diverse range of candidates regardless of background, disability or gender and is committed to creating a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve.

Note: Southeastern has a zero tolerance policy on the misuse of drugs and alcohol by employees, therefore you will be required to attend a medical assessment and undergo a Drugs and Alcohol Screening prior to joining Southeastern. If you fail the drugs and alcohol screening or refuse to take the test, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

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