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Northern will pay you £54,500 to drive trains 'with no experience required'

Northern will pay you £54,500 to drive trains 'with no experience required'

Driving a train can pay very well indeed

Hundreds of jobs paying up to £54,500 are on offer if you fancy driving a train. And those offering the roles say 'no experience is necessary'.

One of the country's largest train franchise, Northern, is looking to hire more than 300 drivers and conductors across the north of England.

It already has more than 2,000 drivers across its network and 1,400 conductors manning its 368 trains calling at 474 train stations.

Northern train.

The salaries of the new jobs can get good - seriously good - if you show you're dedicated to the industry.

You'll earn up to £54,500 for a number of the roles with salaries starting at £22,000 or £23,000. To get the top whack, you'll have to jump through some hoops.

Northern is looking to hire 108 train drivers and 198 conductors across the rest of 2024. It is also actively encouraging people with no rail industry experience to get their applications in as soon as possible.

Though it's worth nothing that staff are, on occasion, asked to deal with some, erm, unique situations.

If you sign up and are successful, you'll have to complete a paid apprenticeships at one of Northern’s training academies in Leeds or Manchester.

Northern staff watching as a train arrives at a platform.

The train driver roles, which will be advertised in the coming months, come with a starting salary of £23,000 rising to £54,500 after a 64-week training course.

It's for roles in Barrow-in-Furness, Blackburn, Blackpool, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Workington and York.

Conductor roles are also being advertised in Barrow-in-Furness, Blackburn, Blackpool, Buxton, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle Skipton, Workington and York.

Their wages differ but are still respectable, starting at £22,000 and rising to £29,000 once they complete a 16-week training course.

Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “We have a range of rewarding roles for anyone who wants to become part of a dedicated team that runs more than 2,500 services a day to over 500 destinations.

Commuters boarding.

"We are looking for customer-focused people with excellent communication skills who thrive in a dynamic environment and may not have considered a career in rail before.

"Successful applicants will demonstrate a high level of responsibility, a strong work ethic and a commitment to maintaining safety standards.

"We’ll be recruiting throughout the year and provide all the training you need, so if you’re interested, please register for job alerts on our website.

“We want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve and we’re proud to include people from all walks of life in our team, from military veterans and ex-police officers, to former office workers and stay-at-home parents.”

More information and details of how to register for recruitment alerts can be found at

Featured Image Credit: Northern

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