More than 160 train driver jobs up for grabs - with starting salary of £31,000

More than 160 train driver jobs are up for grabs as a train operator looks for staff across the south.

Friday, 11th December 2020, 9:13 am
Updated Friday, 11th December 2020, 9:16 am

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is hiring across its portfolio of brands including Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express.

The jobs are open to anyone above the age of 21 and have a starting salary of £31,000.

Successful candidates will be put on to the 18-month trainee driver programme and will be based at GTR’s depots across the 800-mile network in central, south and south east England. Locations include Barnham and Brighton, to London Bridge, Welwyn and Hornsey. Southern Rail operates trains from Portsmouth to London via Chichester.

Trainee driver, Randa Majid Mohammad. Randa is a trainee train driver for Gatwick Express

The push for new drivers builds on previous recruitment campaigns, which most recently resulted in double the amount of applications from women for driver positions this year compared to 2019. The company hopes to continue to attract more women to the industry, as well as a diverse range of candidates from all ages and walks of life that may have never considered a career in rail before.

Zoey Hudson, head of talent, diversity and inclusion at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: "This year has been tougher than ever for the job market but but we’re continuing to invest in attracting and recruiting new and diverse talent into our business.

"It’s really important that we have a highly-skilled and diverse workforce, which is why we’re encouraging people of all backgrounds to seriously consider a role as a train driver.

"We want to challenge the stereotypes that are associated with careers in the railway and we mean it when we say that these roles are open to anyone.

"Whether you’re just starting out or are looking for a new challenge having lost your job due to the pandemic – consider the railway and apply to our trainee driver programme."

Applications for trainee drivers are open now and will close at 23:59 on Sunday (December 13).

Initial interviews will be held virtually. The full recruitment process consists of several stages including online tests, building up to a series of nationally-recognised assessments.

There are 104 vacancies for Thameslink and Great Northern drivers and 64 for Southern and Gatwick Express drivers.

To apply for the positions with Southern go to gtrailwaycareers.com.