How to become a train driver
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You can apply to a train operating company and begin a train driver advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- GCSEs grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, in English and maths
You can start as a rail passenger assistant or train conductor, then apply for a trainee driver post. This is also a common way to become a London Underground driver.
You can apply directly to a train operating company to become a trainee driver.
Employers usually expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.
Training can last between 12 and 24 months.
A good way to find out about trainee driver vacancies is to sign up for job alerts with train operating companies.
You can find out more about how to become a train driver from The Train Drivers Academy.
You'll find train operating companies through the Rail Delivery Group.