If you’ve ever fancied a well-paid job as a train driver, then Govia Thameslink Railway is seeking more train drivers – and says it now has 160 vacancies across the four railway services that it operates across the south-east.

Open to anyone above the age of 21, there’s an 18-month training programme, with a trainee salary of around £32,000, across the Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express services. The salary roughly doubles once a driver qualifies to around £63,000 per year.

The company said that it hopes to continue to attract more women to the industry, as well as a diverse range of candidates from all ages and walks of life that may have never considered a career in rail before.

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There are 104 vacancies for Thameslink and Great Northern drivers and 64 for Southern and Gatwick Express drivers

Depending on brand, drivers will be based at:

  • Barnham
  • Brighton
  • Selhurst
  • Victoria/London Bridge
  • Welwyn
  • Hornsey
  • Cricklewood

To apply for Southern and Gatwick Express, click here

To apply for Thamleslink, click here

To apply for Great Northern, click here

Applications for trainee drivers are open now and will close at the end of Sunday 13th December.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, initial interviews will be held virtually. Interested applicants should visit GTR’s career portal. Due to safety regulations, applicants must be aged 21 or over when they begin training.

You do not require any previous qualifications, but they say it is highly desirable for candidates to hold a Level 2 qualification in English, Maths and ICT to achieve the apprenticeship qualification.

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4 comments
  1. James Nelson says:

    Dear Sir/Madam
    i have tried to fill the online application form, and trying to add my N.I Number it does not recognise it, can you help please.

  2. Theo says:

    I always wonder what the chances are at these jobs. I’ve heard they advertise internally and externally at the same time – and then hire mainly internally.

    • John says:

      I applied once and got to the online test, one of the questions asked if as a driver I would open the train doors in a tunnel in the event of a break down. I said no and failed. Make of that what you will.

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