Hi Vish Thanks for the comment Difficult one really. The blog is primarily about working in F1 as an engineer or mechanic but I have had quite a few queries about starting in racing.
Train driving is notorious for having one of the most difficult selection processes to successfully negotiate in any industry. The first thing to understand is that there are an average of applications for every train driving job that comes up.
It also means that you will have to work hard to get to first base. If you could see some of the sloppy, illiterate and stupid emails I sometimes receive in response to this website you might not worry quite so much about the competition…. Well… I mean, people regularly write to ask me if there is any general advice I can give them as to how to go about becoming a train driver.
Anyway, no specific educational requirements are laid down by most TOCs but you will nevertheless be fully literate, numerate and have a good general education.
You should also be the sort of person who is able to maintain concentration while working alone, be calm in difficult situations, be able to make decisions, have a high degree of safety awareness and be well organised and reliable.
You must also have the right to reside and work in the UK. My feeling is that as more and more people come to train driving in later life we will see many future drivers bringing degrees and other qualifications from their earlier careers. Besides, many Personnel Managers are degree holders themselves and people do so love to build the world in their own image!
Some TOCs allow you to make an initial CV application by e-mail, others want you to send a covering letter with a filled-in application form, so you have to ask them for that first: Keep a copy of any forms or letters you send and receive in a folder and take it along to any subsequent interview which looks keen and organised.
If you speak by phone to anyone at the firm you are applying to, make sure you make a note of their name, position, phone number and phone extension. Ask for an e-mail address if it seems appropriate.
Covering Letter Whether you are applying by CV or application form you should also enclose a covering letter. Explain in a few sentences why you particularly want that job and try to give an impression that you know something about the company you are applying to; nothing is worse than an application which looks as if the same thing has been sprayed around several different firms with only the address changed.
Draw attention to one or two points expanded on in your CV or application form to explain why you think you are well suited to the job with that company. Try to find out the name of the person you are writing to. Application Forms If you are sending one of these, a full CV will not be needed.
Read the whole of the form through first before you begin to fill anything in. Sketch out your answers on a separate piece of paper first, especially the bits where you have to compose a paragraph or two.
Check your spelling before you write anything down. Given that your application may one among thousands you will want it to stand out.
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