Wales and Borders operator KeolisAmey is creating 200 train driver jobs in Wales.
The roles are being created to help deliver increased services and capacity across the Wales and Borders rail franchise, which Keolis UK operates under its joint venture with Amey – having been awarded a 15-year contract by Transport for Wales in 2018.
Led by leading recruitment company Acorn, an opportunity to become a driver on the network has already attracted significant interest from across Wales – with more than 10,000 people having already responded to the ongoing recruitment campaign for trainee train drivers.
No previous experience is required for the role, with the 200 successful candidates invited to complete a comprehensive training programme before qualifying as train drivers.
There are vacancies open across the country, with an emphasis on attracting candidates from across the South Wales Valleys, in order to recruit drivers for the area’s new Metro network. The starting salary for the trainee drivers will be £28,000, rising to around £52,000 once fully qualified.
Speaking to Business Live, Chief Executive of Keolis UK Alistair Gordon said of the investment:
“This is 200 additional drivers to help us be able to run the new timetables.
“Training will take the best part of a year, so we are starting the recruitment now so we can do them batches ready for new timetables and new trains.”
Keolis’ driver training programme looks at three key elements, with the first seeing successful recruits learning about railway safety.
Mr Gordon said: “They will then do purely route knowledge so making sure they know the route they are going to run on and things like where they turn a corner and where there are signals. They then do traction which is learning about the train.
“So, it is not until further into their training that they are assigned to a specific area. Often we assign them to a depot to start as we don’t want people in Wrexham say working in Canton [Cardiff]. If they are in a depot they know the types of trains they are going to be driving.”
Mr Gordon said it was hoped that more women and those from more ethnic backgrounds will be appointed.
He added: “We do know that a lot of the drivers are male and are always looking to encourage more balance. It’s a very attractive career, and by making the jobs as flexible as possible, and basing roles right across the country we hope to attract applications from a wide cross section of society.”
There has already been huge interest in the train driver roles.
Mr Gordon said: “We have already had 10,000 applicants, which is way higher than we would normally expect.”
For more information and to apply visit https://www.acornpeople.com/featured-clients/transport-for-wales-train-drivers/
Applications close on 14th October 2020.