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Driver Learning Manager (8883)

Driver Learning Manager


Who we are:

GWR is the proud custodian of one of the most prestigious railway networks in the world. Our services call at over 275 stations, stretching across the South West of England.

We aim to transform the way people think about rail travel by setting a new standard – a better experience for our customers.  Together we will restore the railways as a very special way to travel – relaxing, fast, efficient, friendly and fun.


About the team

The Driver Training and Development team sits within the wider Driver team and is a busy, vibrant department full of people who are passionate about delivering training and assessment to the highest standards.


About the job

As a Driver Learning Manager, you'll be delivering a wide range of training and assessment, predominantly to drivers but also to other grades in the business. You'll be at the forefront of delivering huge transformation to our customers both internal and external as we deliver traction conversions, initial driver training and additional development sessions to our driver community.


What you'll be doing

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • To deliver learning, development and assessments across locations within the business that meet current Great Western Railway and railway group standards
  • Manage trainee drivers during initial training ensuring high standards are being met
  • Work with the Training Policy team to develop and maintain training programmes
  • Promote and demonstrate good safety behaviours
  • Maintain accurate records of training and give great feedback


About you

You'll need to be:

  • Enthusiastic, passionate about development and able to inspire
  • Flexible and open minded to new ideas
  • Keen to promote and work within an inclusive environment
  • Literate in the primary office 365 applications


As a minimum you'll need to have:

  • Previous experience of training or coaching
  • At least 3 years main line train driving experience
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to work as part of a team and the initiative to work unsupervised
  • The capability to work flexible hours throughout locations in Great Western Railway, including Bristol, Exeter, Newton Abbot and Reading
  • Suitable qualifications in training and assessment (although training can be provided)


The Reward:

As well as a great team environment and comprehensive training, all GWR colleagues enjoy a range of benefits including defined benefit salary pension scheme, free rail travel across the GWR network for you and your family, company-sponsored health care plan, childcare vouchers and an Employee assistance programme.


About the location:

Although you will report into either Bristol or Reading Driver Training Academy, your work will take you across the network and travel will be required as mentioned above.


Working Pattern:

You will mostly be working Monday – Friday, however weekend and bank holiday work is required when necessary and early and late training and assessment schedules mean “out of hours” training is common. Flexibility will be required to meet business needs.


Additional Information:

To succeed in this role, you must be a strong team player with excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and a passion for the development of people so they attain their full potential.  The ability to structure your workload, plan effectively and be committed to delivering excellence with minimum supervision.  You'll need to be well organised, self-motivated and able to use your initiative.


The more varied our workforce, the broader the expertise within our organisation. And the broader our expertise, the greater our chances of innovation and success. That's why we're committed to equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion at every level.


If you share our passion for the railway then we would love to hear from you.

  • Ref:
  • Company:
    Great Western Railway (GWR)
  • Website Skillset:
    All Other Roles
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent - Full Time
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
  • Contracted Hours:
  • Location:
    Reading Station
  • Closing Date:
    31 March 2019
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