How to earn up to £65,500 a year plus perks by being a train driver for Southern

GET your career on track with a job as a train driver.

Record investment has the rail industry expanding quickly and 1,000 new drivers are needed each year.

 Train driver Laura McDonald at London Bridge Station

David New – The Sun

Train driver Laura McDonald at London Bridge Station

The roles offer apprenticeship qualifications and flexible hours, while bosses are full steam ahead in their efforts to recruit more women — such as Laura McDonald — and staff from ethnic minorities.

This week the Train Driver Academy was launched to centralise hiring and training for rail operators. New drivers will get a mix of online and on-the-job training over the course of a year.

Applicants must be aged 20-plus but don’t need formal qualifications or experience.

You need to pass a medical check, including eyesight, colour vision and hearing.

 Here's how to get a job as a train driver and earn up to £65k a year

David New – The Sun

Here’s how to get a job as a train driver and earn up to £65k a year

Academy chair Kirsty Derry says: “Our railway brings Britain to life, connecting communities, delivering goods and reducing road congestion. Drivers are at the heart of what we do and with the industry’s exciting investments in technology we need to make sure the skills and capability of our people develop at the same pace.

“The new academy and level-three apprenticeship are exciting innovations supported by the entire industry. Driving is a fantastic career path and this is an exciting time to join the industry.”

Salaries range from £44,000 up to £65,500 and benefits include free or heavily discounted travel for drivers and their famillies.

Angie Doll of Southern and Gatwick Express adds: “The railway has been seen as a traditionally male-dominated industry and we want to change that. There is a sense of equality among depots and teams. Everyone works hard and is paid and treated the same. That is not always the case in other sectors.”

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Laura’s on track

Laura, 36, says: “I always considered driving trains a man’s career and never thought about it for myself until I met a female driver.

“I’m so grateful she showed me the possibilities because this job is perfect.

“You work shifts, so you get a bit of flexibility, there are great benefits, you are paid well and there is real career progression. I work with some amazing people and have made some great friends. It is like a big family.”

Laura, of Honor Oak Park in South East London, adds: “To be a good driver, you need focus, concentration and the ability to work shifts.

“The earliest start for me is 4.10am and latest finish is 1.45am. I love being responsible for the train during peak times, when I can have 1,000-plus people on board. I get them to their destinations safely and on time, keeping them fully informed and hopefully happy with their experience.

“The view from the front of the train is great and I miss the job when I’m off work.”

Amazon job is safe

AMAZON is on the hunt for 16 specialist work-safety pros for its packing warehouses around the country.

The jobs are based at centres in Swansea, Doncaster, Bristol, Chesterfield and Edinburgh.

Regional safety manager Rob Burnett said: “At Amazon, we are committed to providing our employees with a great and a safe place to work.

“The expansion of our safety team strengthens that commitment.”

The retail giant has more than 100 safety roles on offer at other sites around the world too.

You can apply at

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CALLING parents of young Fortnite fans! They could land a dream summer internship to put their skills to the test.

UK Paintball is offering one lucky player aged between eight and 12 the chance to test a new range of “low-impact” paintball guns with their friends.

They must be free on selected dates from July to September with an adult to accompany them.

The firm’s Andrew Naylor said: “The rise of Fortnite means we are seeing larger numbers of young visitors. Our intern will document their experiences . . . on our social media accounts.”

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Ways to climb the ladder

STAY late, work hard and an asset to your firm? Then why have you not been promoted? We asked wellbeing expert Jordan Carter, at men’s gifts site

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He says: “If it’s happening to you, go to your boss and discuss why this has happened in a professional and constructive manner.”

Here are Jordan’s other tips:

  1. LOOSE TALK COSTS PROMOTIONS: Don’t wait until you climb the ladder to act more professionally. Instead, behave like you’re in your dream job. Don’t join in office gossip or badmouth the firm.
  2. TIME IS IRRELEVANT: Length of service is not a free pass to promotion. Instead, showcase evidence of your skills and how you have progressed.
  3. SPEAK UP: If you don’t voice a desire to be promoted, your boss may assume you are happy as you are. Ask for a performance review every year to set out where you want to go.
  4. YOU ARE NOT APPROACHABLE: If you are often in a bad mood and not partaking in social activities, it’s unlikely you’ll be promoted. Be part of the bigger picture.
  5. SHOUT ABOUT SUCCESSES: You don’t have to be arrogant, but self-promotion is essential to climb the ranks. Never assume colleagues will just “come across” your wins.
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