It’s been a tough year for jobs, with many people put on furlough and even made redundant.
Whether or not you’ve been directly affected, you might be thinking about a change in career path – and perhaps being a train driver sounds like your kind of thing.
If so, you’re in luck – the UK’s biggest train company is hiring, reports SurreyLive.
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is calling on people of all ages and backgrounds to apply for the more than 160 trainee roles – although the deadline is looming.
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Applications are open to anyone above the age of 21 until December 13 and roles are available across central and southern England.
The jobs are available across the company, including at Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express.
The operator’s 18-month trainee driver programme has a starting salary as high as £32,080 and new recruits will join the company’s diverse team of drivers who deliver 3,600 journeys every day.
Successful candidates will be based at GTR’s depots across the 800-mile network in central, south and south-east England.
Just some of the London based locations include London Bridge, Victoria and Selhurst.
Even more exciting – once you’re qualified the wage increases to a whopping £63,295.
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.”
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GTR bosses say the push for new drivers builds on the success of previous recruitment campaigns.
Applications for trainee drivers are open now and will close at 11.59pm on Sunday, December 13.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, initial interviews will be held virtually.
Interested applicants should visit GTR’s career portal.