I’ve been invited to attend testing session for latest recruitment for trainee driver. Just wondering if anyone can provide a bit of insight around rosters and working conditions?
I understand that it’s shift work, but I haven’t been able to find an example of what an actual roster looks like, apart from the “it will require early mornings, late nights, weekends” etc
I currently work days with every second weekend off, I imagine it would be very different to this.
If anyone could help with this it would be appreciated.
- Classroom = 0800 to 1600 weekdays
- Practical = follow your trainers roster. Maximum shift of 8 hours, 33 minutes, and you work 9 days in first fortnight, 10 days in second fortnight.Qualified Driver
- Same as practical however your times will be on a 24/7 rotating roster. Just because the passenger trains stop at middnightish, doesn't mean the drivers don't. Empty car movements and point cleaning occur at night and early morning.
You may start the week at say 0207 (yes, the sign on time is that specific) and work around the clock so by the end of the fortnight your last shift starts at 2139.
There is no other working like this type of shiftwork. It is genuinally around the clock, and you will either like it or hate it. One of the biggest reasons for high turnover is the inability of people to adjust to this lifestyle. I say lifestyle because the working will change the way you, and your family live your life.
Expect to work weekends a LOT (especially with the new timetable) and to miss holidays and important events with your family. I wont sugar coat it, it can have a big impact if you have a family.
It has positives and negatives, but my advice would be give it a go. I think it is a purely subjective thing, to describe the working.