Hey guys my name is Steven. And i live in Scotland. I am looking for advice in getting into the top rail company here, which is ScotRail.
Not so long ago, i was thinkin about what job i would like to do. I'm 16 years old just now and i was thinking that i would like to become a train driver, nothing has appealed so much to me as this has. I never knew what i wanted to do, i went to a job faire not long ago and searched some jobs, got leaflets.
But nothing really caught my eye, then i just thought to myself how about train driver? Right then i thought wow... i would love to do that, good pay and all.
So i gathered as much infomation and need-to-know stuff on becoming a train driver and what would be expected of me. I have read online, got careers advisers, and talked to online advisers in chats.
So here i am trying to gather that little but more, to widen my knowledge.
I know to become a train driver, you need several years experience in the company or within the company itself, such as a station assistant, rail signaller, Train engineer etc... then after the experience you will eventually be recommended for train driver training.
I know the salaries can start at round £20,000 a year and with experience, or fully qualified as a train driver you can get promoted into the high speed train services, and earn around £38,000+ a year.
So i ask, how would i go around getting into the train driving industry, to become a station assistant? Would i go into the depot and get an application? would i apply online?
All replies will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks everyone! =)
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- Detailed listing of vehicles licensed to operate, in terms of tonnage or size.
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Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name)
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