Tram Driver Apprenticeship

Tram Driver Apprenticeship

Apprentice tram drivers operate trams, take fares, and look after passengers.


Throughout your apprenticeship, you may help:

  • carry out equipment checks at the start of your shift
  • drive the tram along set routes
  • pick up and drop off passengers at tram stops
  • keep in radio contact with the control room for up-to-date route information
  • make passenger announcements on a public address system
  • write up reports on any incidents that happen during your shift.


  • Starting salaries for an apprentice is £19,000 per year.
  • Experienced tram divers can earn up to £30,000 per year.

Working hours

You will typically work 39 to 41 hours per week, including evenings, weekends and bank holidays on shifts.

Working environment

You could work from a vehicle.

Your working environment may be noisy.

You may need to wear a uniform.


Qualifications you can achieve as an apprentice tram driver include:

  • Level 2 Passenger Transport DriverEntry requirements for this level include some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship typically takes 12 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.


On a tram driver apprenticeship, you’ll learn:

  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a supervisory role, like depot manager or route manager.

With further training you could become a driving trainer, teaching new staff how to drive trams.

Updated on January 4, 2023

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