All aboard for a dream job: trainee train drivers wanted for Scotland’s most beautiful routes

06/11/2023
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SCOTTISH recruitment website HiJOBS.net is embarking on a quest to find passionate individuals for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: trainee train drivers for ScotRail, based in the picturesque town of Fort William on Scotland’s West Coast. Offering a salary of up to £60,000 and the chance to traverse some of Scotland’s most breathtaking rail routes, this job opportunity promises a career adventure like no other.

The coveted positions will see successful candidates journeying through the awe-inspiring West Highland Line, a route hailed as one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. With its cinematic landscapes, including the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct immortalised in the Harry Potter movies, as well as captivating views of natural wonders like Loch Lomond, the Cobbler near Arrochar, and Ben Nevis, the West Highland Line promises an unforgettable visual feast.

What sets this opportunity apart is the lack of prior experience required. Prospective trainee drivers need only be at least 20 years old to commence training and must pass specific medical examinations. Key qualities sought include enthusiasm, positivity, strong communication skills, focus, and problem-solving abilities.

The compensation package is equally enticing, with a starting trainee salary of £32,968 per annum, increasing to £45,825 per annum upon qualification and reaching £58,028 per annum thereafter. The benefits extend beyond the salary, encompassing a final salary pension scheme, ample holiday allowance, and complimentary or discounted rail travel for employees and their families.

Laura Saunders, Commercial Director and Founder of HiJOBS, expressed her excitement about the opportunity, emphasising the prospect of a fulfilling career against the backdrop of Scotland’s stunning scenery. The job not only offers a competitive salary but also comprehensive training and rapid career progression, making it a first-class opportunity for aspiring train drivers.

A recent HiJOBS survey revealed that a significant portion of Scots identified the potential need to relocate as a barrier to pursuing their dream job. This unique career opportunity eliminates that concern, allowing individuals to explore Scotland’s beauty while returning home to their loved ones.

Julie Dale, HR Director at ScotRail, highlighted the rarity of this opportunity, underscoring the importance of train drivers in delivering exceptional service to customers. The successful candidates will not only enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the West Highland Line but also contribute to ScotRail’s commitment to supporting communities and the economy across rural Scotland.

HiJOBS.net, a Scotland-only recruitment hub, specialises in connecting job seekers with opportunities in rural and Highland communities. The platform regularly features unique and unconventional job listings, such as an artisan biscuit maker on the Isle of Mull and an air traffic controller in the remote Outer Hebrides.

For those eager to embark on this extraordinary career journey, further details and applications can be found at hijobs.net/traindriver. Don’t miss the chance to step into the driver’s seat of one of Scotland’s most iconic train routes and turn your dream job into a reality. All aboard for a future filled with adventure, breathtaking views, and rewarding experiences!

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