August 9, 2012

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How to Become A Train Driver

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The first step towards becoming a train driver is to complete and submit an application form to one of the train operating companies. There are basically 2 ways you can do this – you can either search TOC websites for currently advertised vacancies or submit your application accordingly. Or you can simply submit your application [...]

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August 18, 2012

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Train Driver – 5 Top Challenges a Train Driver Faces

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Just like any other job out there, train driver job comes with its own fair share of challenges – well, not exactly like the evening standard headline in the image. As a trainee trainee train driver, these challenges can be entirely new and unlike what you may have experienced before. Depending on your background or [...]

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August 9, 2012

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Trainee Train Driver Training

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Basic trainee train driver training normally lasts for approximately one year comprising theory and practical sessions. Theory session takes place in a classroom environment where you will be taught train driver rules and regulations as well as traction. Practical session involves a “hands on” experience driving trains under supervision for a couple of months. During [...]

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August 9, 2012

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Trainability for Rules and Regulation

This test is designed to assess your ability to learn new information related to the job of a train driver, and recall that information quickly and effectively. The test is a written assessment and comes in two parts. PART 1 This part is a comprehension test. You will listen to a pre-recorded instructions played over [...]

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August 9, 2012

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Train Driver Concentration Test ( Group Bourdon)

This test is designed to assess your ability to remain vigilant and concentrate on a repetitive task for long periods. This test forms one part of a safety test you will take to determine if you have the qualities required to become a safe train driver. The test is computer based. You will be presented with [...]

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August 9, 2012

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Train Driver Job Structured Interview

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A structured interview forms part of the assessment process. The interview session is used to assess your ability to carry out specific tasks required of a train driver. The structure of this interview is quite different from the regular kind where you are asked questions relating to your qualifications. Here you will be given a [...]

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August 9, 2012

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Train Driver Job Role

Train driver job role

The role of a train driver requires a high level of professionalism, it is fulfilling, offering job security. As a fully qualified train driver, you will be required to: Drive trains in a safe and economical manner in accordance to laid down rules. Comply with the company policy on general safety when carrying out your duties. [...]

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August 9, 2012

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Reaction and Co-ordination Test

The reaction and co-ordination test is designed to assess how fast and accurate your reflexes are when responding to a series of sounds and colour light signals. Similar to the scenario in a train driver’s cab, fast and accurate reactions mixed with good co-ordination form key elements of a driver’s performance. The test is computer [...]

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August 9, 2012

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Train Driver Job Psychometric Tests

Psychometric tests are designed to measure some aspect of your mental performance. Results can reveal your peak and typical performance, an indication of your potentials. The trainee train driver assessment is structured to assess and choose people who are most suited for the job of driving trains. The tests provide a level playing ground for [...]

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August 9, 2012

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Train Driver Job Mechanical Comprehension Test

The role of a train driver sometimes involves identification and fixing of faults on trains. For this role, a basic understanding of mechanical and technical principle is required. The mechanical comprehension test is designed to assess your understanding of these principles. Questions in this test are multiple choice questions. Usually time allocated to this session [...]

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August 9, 2012

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Curriculum Vitae

It is strongly recommended that you prepare a curriculum vitae (CV) and send off with your application form. Your invitation to attend an assessment centre, to a considerable extent, depends on the impression your curriculum vitae along with your completed application form makes on the selection team. To increase your chances, you should have a [...]

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August 9, 2012

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Train Driver Job Application Cover Letter

Once you have completed you application form satisfactorily, you need to enclose a cover letter before you send it off. Your cover letter should be written out in a business letter format, well typed out for a smart look and should contain the following key elements. Your contact address. The train operating companies contact person’s [...]

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August 9, 2012

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Train Driver Job Application

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The first step towards your journey to become a train driver involves the process of obtaining and filling out an application form. This can be done in two ways; 1. You can either contact a train operating company and request an application pack to be sent out to you, or download one from their website, [...]

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