East Midlands Railway is looking for people from Nottinghamshire to become apprentice train drivers

East Midlands Railway has announced a recruitment drive to attract new apprentice train drivers to its team.

Wednesday, 17th November 2021, 1:01 pm

The train operating company is keen to encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for the roles, which will be based at its depots in Nottingham and Derby.

EMR operates main-line services between London and the region, as well as local services, including the Robin Hood Line between Nottingham and Worksop, via Mansfield and Ashfield.

EMR, which said it values diversity and is committed to ensuring equality across its organisation, is particularly encouraging women, younger people and ethnic minority groups to apply for the roles.

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EMR is looking for new apprentice train drivers

The apprenticeship scheme is open to people aged 21 and above and involves a 12-month programme which blends theory and practical work in the classroom with practical skills development, such as cab rides and signal box visits.

Successful applicants will have access to world-class facilities at EMR’s training academy where classroom learning is underpinned by state-of-the-art virtual reality, which replicates real-life railway situations.

EMR also has a cab simulator so apprentices can learn about train driving in a variety of different circumstances and conditions within a safe environment.

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Paul Griffin, EMR head of drivers, started working on the railway in 1995.

He said: “The role of a train driver is unique and challenging, but it is rewarding.

“I have worked in many roles within the driver function, from a driver on Central Trains to a driver mentor and depot manager.

"I have been in my current role as head of drivers since August 2019.”

Kate Holden, EMR human resources director, said: “At EMR, we currently employ just more than 600 drivers and to fulfil our fleet rollout, we need drivers to operate the trains across the network.

“One of our major challenges is encouraging a more diverse driving workforce.

“We’ve been working to increase the number of females applying for our driver roles, with open evenings aimed specifically at women, as well as tackling the unconscious bias through blind screening.

“We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and ages and we’d urge anybody interested in a career in any of these driver roles to check out our website.”

The closing date for applications is Sunday, November 28.

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