Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprenticeship

On a train driver apprenticeship you’ll be responsible for driving trains in a safe, punctual, economic manner over various routes.

A train driver may work in a range of rail circumstances, such as hauling passengers, freight, empty coaching stock, or operating on-track gear to maintain infrastructure.

You’ll train with the objective of operating alone for extended periods, so you must be able to retain a high degree of attention and make quick, challenging decisions in both normal and worsened conditions.

You must be able to effectively and appropriately interact with stakeholders. You may be needed to supervise others to guarantee regulatory compliance via safe and effective train operation.

A train driver is in control of the passengers, personnel, and freight. Communication with the signaller, crossing attendant, operations control, other rail sector personnel, British Transport, and civilian police may be among your responsibilities. You will be working weekends, evenings, and nights.

What you’ll learn

On a train driver apprenticeship, you’ll learn to:

  • Regularly monitor the area of responsibility to ensure compliance with rail legislation and organisational practises. Overall accountability for passengers, workers, and goods in order to achieve regulatory compliance via safe and efficient railway operation. Oppose unsafe practises constructively at all levels and report them using the relevant procedures.
  • Maintaining a secure environment at all times, responding to security issues and taking appropriate action in the event of a breach of security, and reviewing how effective the methods and actions, such as safe systems of work, closing gates and doors when entering secured premises, and securing cab doors when leaving trains on main lines and stations, have been.
  • Monitor compliance with rules, procedures, and regulations in a rail context within one’s own area of responsibility. Maintain continual awareness of all relevant train legislation while retaining vast amounts of information.
  • Carry out verbal conversations clearly and accurately, both face to face and via written strategies and procedures, such as using the train radio or the PA system.
  • Follow procedures to lead and manage problems and crises until incident response teams arrive, such as overall responsibility for the safety of passengers and other railway staff while deciding which lines are stopped and which lines to defend first.
  • Make complex autonomous decisions in real time throughout normal, degraded, and emergency operations.
  • Locate and prepare trains for service, marshal and shunt trains, drive trains on main lines, depots, and sidings, deal with operational mishaps and emergencies, and berth trains.
  • Handle hazardous materials effectively in one’s area of competence, as well as report and protect other lines in the case of a dangerous goods emergency.
  • Manage one’s own fitness and lifestyle to perform effectively at work and reduce the risk to one’s own health and safety and the health and safety of other stakeholders.
  • Respond to customer inquiries as soon as possible, politely and accurately.

What you’ll do

Your day-to-day tasks on a train driver apprenticeship could be to:

  • Before setting off on a journey, double-check the controls and equipment.
  • Observe track signalling, safety, and speed limits.
  • Exit platforms and enter stations with caution.
  • Control automated doors.
  • Keep note of incidents such as equipment breakdowns, onboard problems, and delays.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Must meet minimum requirements of Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010, including medical standards of physical health. Aged 18 or over.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment consists of three distinct assessment methods:

  • Online Test
  • Observation
  • Professional Discussion

Restrictions and Requirements

You’ll need to:

  • be over 20 years of age
  • live within 1 hour’s travel of the depot you’re applying to
  • pass enhanced background checks
  • pass a medical check

Working environment

Your working environment may be noisy and you may spend nights away from home.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

After you’ve been qualified, you might work on passenger, freight, or engineering trains.

With experience, you may combine your job with training new drivers on new routes and cab controls. You might also work as a driver trainer, teaching new drivers in a classroom setting, utilising driving simulators, and accompanying trainees on-road excursions.

You might work your way up to management, supervising drivers and ensuring that trains and staff are in the correct positions on the rail network. Working in operations management, which includes planning future railway upgrades, is another opportunity.

Key facts

Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: Geography

Entry requirements: Must meet minimum requirements of Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010, including medical standards of physical health. Aged 18 or over

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £40,000 per annum

Apprenticeship Standard

More information about the Level 3 Train Driver Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship End Point Assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

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