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Hi folks, I’m not sure if this has been asked in other threads but I can’t seem to find much info regarding any recruitment drives from SWR for this year. I have an open application with them from last year and have passed assessments, dmi and mmi but it seems that COVID has put a dampener on any trainee train driver positions for the time being. Does anyone have any knowledge of when Trainee train driver positions might start to take place and for which depots. I am sure there must be many others in the same situation, any information would be greatly appreciated. I have been in touch with HR but always the same COVID response!

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There is a huge backlog of trainees who are part trained currently, some have been twiddling their thumbs for a year now because of covid restrictions. Some training has restarted but at a much reduced rate, multiple temperature checks each day, twice weekly covid testing etc.
 

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I also contacted recruitment recently and from the sounds of it, I don’t think there’s going to be much movement with recruitment this year. I just hope it happens before my passes expire. Not much I can do really but wait and keep my fingers crossed that I get the call eventually.
 

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There is a huge backlog of trainees who are part trained currently, some have been twiddling their thumbs for a year now because of covid restrictions. Some training has restarted but at a much reduced rate, multiple temperature checks each day, twice weekly covid testing etc.
Yeah I get that, the same with every other workplace that has had to keep operating but restrictions are about to be lifted and hopefully a continuation of new driver output must be a priority to the toc? I guess if there is a back log of trainees twiddling thumbs it will be a while for newbies!
 

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I’m in exactly the same position as you...passed assessments, DMI and MMI and even had a medical booked which was then cancelled back in April last year. I’ve contacted recruitment a couple of times and they are always really helpful and honest. They’ve said there is such a backlog, they don’t expect to take on anymore trainees this year, that may change towards the end of the year but they don’t hold out much hope. Just have to keep the faith!
 

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I guess I was more interested to find out if anyone had heard about SWR’s priority depots for new drivers once things start returning to normal.

I’m in exactly the same position as you...passed assessments, DMI and MMI and even had a medical booked which was then cancelled back in April last year. I’ve contacted recruitment a couple of times and they are always really helpful and honest. They’ve said there is such a backlog, they don’t expect to take on anymore trainees this year, that may change towards the end of the year but they don’t hold out much hope. Just have to keep the faith!
Thanks, the same sort of responses I have had too.
 

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I guess I was more interested to find out if anyone had heard about SWR’s priority depots for new drivers once things start returning to normal.
I think every toc doesn't really know what it's priority will be as no one really knows how covid will affect the return of the passenger to the railway once normality returns to life. There are many staff I know of who are reconsidering when to retire compared to their plans from. A year ago. Who knows what the introduction of the 701 and impending change to door operation will do to those who are close to retirement age. Too many variables. Although at SWR Waterloo will always be at or close to the top of the list.
 

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Thanks folks, that’s a good insight into how training is delivered. I guess it will be a long waiting game for new recruits with a huge backlog already. Hopefully our assessments won’t go out of date!!
 

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Great article! I wonder also if the gov will have any say in how the industry moves forward, especially since they brought in the ERMA’s last year?
 
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C00k1e

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Hi folks, I am interested if there are many on here in a Talent Pool for SWR Trainee Train Drivers? If so how long have you been in the talent pool and for what depots? Also have you had any recent comms with regards to potential start dates or other progression towards medicals etc?
 
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joshuan542

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Hi folks, I am interested if there are many on here in a Talent Pool for SWR Trainee Train Drivers? If so how long have you been in the talent pool and for what depots? Also have you had any recent comms with regards to potential start dates or other progression towards medicals etc?
Unfortunately many are waiting across SWR, Courses arent running anymore this year im told as they need to clear a large backlog of training, they possibly will resume next year for those with course dates provisional for this year, then maybe they will take talent pool in a couple of years now, It all depends to be honest but just dont rely on getting a date, continue your current job and just wait until uyou possibly get the call, ive known people in regular circumstances to be held in the pool for many years pre covid.
 

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Unfortunately many are waiting across SWR, Courses arent running anymore this year im told as they need to clear a large backlog of training, they possibly will resume next year for those with course dates provisional for this year, then maybe they will take talent pool in a couple of years now, It all depends to be honest but just dont rely on getting a date, continue your current job and just wait until uyou possibly get the call, ive known people in regular circumstances to be held in the pool for many years pre covid.
I was asking out of interest as I realise the backlogs etc. I’m just interested in finding out which depots will be deemed operational priorities for manning once things start picking up again. I was told Westbury is considered a priority and wondering if anyone else had heard about other depots?
I certainly won’t be holding my breath for start dates etc!!!!!
 
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I was asking out of interest as I realise the backlogs etc. I’m just interested in finding out which depots will be deemed operational priorities for manning once things start picking up again. I was told Westbury is considered a priority and wondering if anyone else had heard about other depots?
I certainly won’t be holding my breath for start dates etc!!!!!
Westbury isn't a SWR depot
 

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