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Trainee Train Driver

Organisation/Entity:  Sydney Trains
Job Category:  Rail Operations
Job Location: 

Haymarket, NSW, AU, 2000

Job Ref No:  78050
Employment Type:  Permanent Full-Time
Salary Range:  $1469.6-$1469.6

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.


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 $1,469.60 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, Sunday 8th January  2023


For more information about this role, please email Bhavana Udaygiri at BHAVANA.UDAYGIRI@TRANSPORT.NSW.GOV.AU




We are the community we serve

We are committed to being an inclusive, diverse and flexible workplace where differences are valued. We welcome people of all backgrounds, experience and abilities.
We enable our people to work in ways that work for them and are proud to be recognised as a FlexReady Certified employer for our flexible work policies, offerings and practices. Working virtually and from different locations including regional locations, staggering work hours and job sharing are just some of the ways our people can work flexibly.
Please contact the Talent Specialist below if you require any adjustments to be made to how you interact with us throughout the recruitment process or would like to discuss flexible work options.
For any enquiries, please email Bhavana Udaygiri at BHAVANA.UDAYGIRI@TRANSPORT.NSW.GOV.AU.
Learn more about how Transport supports people with disability and those providing care via Transport Careers Supporting People with Disability page.

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