Trainee Train Driver

NSW Government -Sydney Trains

Mar 7th, 2023
$ 1,507 / Week

About us

At Sydney Trains, our rail services keep Sydney moving by putting our customers at the centre of everything we do. We work with our local communities to deliver safe, timely and efficient rail services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our trains and network are evolving to meet the needs of our customers now and well into the future. We’re continuing to integrate technological innovations that help us deliver a smarter and more sustainable network.

Find out more about Sydney Trains

  • Enjoy helping people and working with customers? Be a part of helping millions of customers get to their destinations safely and on time as a Trainee Train Driver.
  • We’re looking for people who care about providing great customer service and can communicate with people from all walks of life.
  • No previous experience is required – learn everything you need to know to become a qualified driver throughout our 12 month traineeship.

About the team

Train Drivers are part of the Sydney Trains Crew Service Experience team. Our team provides safe, reliable, and efficient customer rail services across the Sydney metropolitan area.

More than 1.3 million customers travel across our Sydney Trains network every day. In the last five years, customer journeys have increased by 30 per cent and are expected to keep growing at five per cent per year, with a potential two million customer journeys on weekdays by 2026 and an anticipated increase of two million more people living in NSW by 2031.

We’re preparing for the future by employing more crew across our team, adding 41 new trains to our fleet, implementing new technology, and continuing to integrate with the Sydney Metro network.

The opportunity

Want to learn all the skills it takes to be a Train Driver while earning a full-time salary?

With customer demand for our train services continuing to rise, we’re looking for the next generation of Train Drivers to deliver safe and fast travel for our customers now and into the future.

Our one-year paid Trainee Train Driver program will help you develop skills and capabilities to become a fully-fledged Train Driver. You’ll learn how to safely operate a train and manage a variety of work scenarios through a combination of on-the-job and classroom/train simulation training. You’ll also receive ongoing mentoring and support from your dedicated Driver Trainer and experienced team members and get to know other trainees in your training school cohort.

While the path to becoming a Train Driver is dynamic and rewarding, our Trainee program also reflects the work conditions and personal commitment it takes to help Sydney Trains run its network 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your training schedule will include early mornings, evenings, and weekends. You’ll need to be willing to take on extra study outside of your training schedule to prepare for ongoing assessments.

Enjoy a great range of work benefits

  • Starting salary from $1,506.80 per week + 10.5 per cent superannuation, leave loading and shift allowances
  • Five weeks of annual leave per year
  • Free travel across NSW public transport

For more information on some of the employee benefits our Sydney Trains employees may be eligible for, read our Employee benefits guide

Want to know more?

View the role description for this position.

Read through our candidate information pack to learn more about the role, working with Sydney Trains and the recruitment process.

About you

We’re looking for candidates keen to learn the ropes of becoming a Train Driver who are prepared to commit to a demanding training schedule and further study to achieve program learning outcomes.

People without prior experience are welcome to apply.

Essential requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must be:

  • An Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • At least 18 years of age.

**If you are a current Sydney Trains or NSW Trains Guard, please apply through the internal guard to driver process. It is highly recommended that you have a minimum of 6 months operational experience as a qualified train guard. **

How to apply

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and answer all questions within the online application process.

You will be assessed on your understanding of the role in your application, so make sure you carefully read through the role description and candidate information pack.

Applications close: 11:59pm, Monday 3rd April

For more information about this role, please email Angelina Abhraham on [email protected]

We’re an inclusive and flexible workplace

Here at Transport, we want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve by being an inclusive, diverse and flexible place for all our people.

We offer a range of flexible work and leave options for our people. These options depend on your role and the work you do. Some of the ways our people work flexibly include a hybrid mix of virtual and in-person collaboration, staggering work hours, or even allocating extra hours worked towards a day off from time to time. We also offer more structured flexible agreements and tailored hybrid options for people who live regionally. We’re proud to be recognised as a FlexReady Certified employer, a Family Inclusive Workplace and winners of the ‘Best Remote Work Strategy’ at the Australian HR Awards 2022.

We want to ensure that employees living with disability, as well as those providing care, are supported. Visit Supporting people with disability to learn more about our initiatives and requesting recruitment and workplace adjustments.

Please contact the Talent Specialist if you’d like to arrange any adjustments to how you interact with us throughout the recruitment process or would like to discuss flexible work options.

For any enquiries, please email Angelina Abraham at [email protected]



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