Published: 2nd October 2015
An unprecedented recruitment drive has been launched by ScotRail to create up to 100 new jobs for train drivers. Hiring trainees to learn to drive trains is seen as part of major moves to boost rail services throughout Scotland.
Locations where drivers are needed include Aberdeen, Ayr, Bathgate, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gourock, Helensburgh, Inverness, Perth, Stirling and the new Borders Railway terminus at Tweedbank, near Melrose.
ScotRail wants to hear from people it describes as “enthusiastic, reliable candidates with excellent attention spans, experience of safety-critical roles and a passion for customer service”.
Phil Verster, ScotRail Alliance managing director, hailed “an exciting chance for people to embark on an interesting career with great prospects”.
Mr Verster said: “We’re investing in Scotland’s railways by modernising trains, expanding timetables and adding journey options – and recruiting a large group of new drivers is vital to make these improvements possible. We are proud to be supporting local communities and the Scottish economy by creating quality jobs that will make a real impact for customers.”
Mr Verster and Scotland’s transport minister, Derek Mackay MSP, met on Thursday 17 September in Edinburgh with some of the company’s existing trainee drivers.
Mr Mackay said: “The Scottish Government is investing record levels in Scotland’s railways with a £5 billion package to upgrade trains, track and services across the country.
“Key investment in infrastructure, such as the recent historic reopening of the Borders Railway and our substantial programme of electrification, are only part of the story.
“The staff who keep our railways running are a key asset and I am delighted to launch this unprecedented, nationwide recruitment drive that will create up to 100 new train driver jobs.
“This recruitment campaign will support the delivery of Scottish jobs in the industry and means that we are able to continue to operate a world-class railway in the future.”
Kevin Lindsay, Scottish secretary of the train drivers’ union Aslef, said: “As a union, we look forward to continuing our good working relationship with the Scottish Government and Abellio as we jointly develop and deliver Scotland's railways.”
Mr Lindsay said that Aslef welcomes the announcement of more jobs for train drivers. “This is a great opportunity for all sections of our community to apply to join the railway,” he added.
Trainee drivers will be paid £24,559 during their first year of intensive training, gradually increasing to £43,212 following a probationary period.
The pay is good, the hours are anti-social but the job is a fabulous one but very demanding in every sense. Drivers earn their money.