QR Trainee Driver positions

 
  gsxxxr_750 Junior Train Controller

It would be fairly hard to find another traineeship job in any industry that pays as well as this one.

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  bulldozed Deputy Commissioner

Agreed, it's nearly 3 times what I was paid in my drafting traineeship...
  coachdriver Chief Train Controller

Location: Rocky
Yeah but your not out of bed nearly every night, working away from your family for 30+hrs, living in a remote community 100's of kms away from conveniences, only know what you'll be doing 2 days in advance, missing out on those special moments in life.....other than that it's great.

But beware!
"Heavy Hauler"


Certainly not the case in the coal or citytrain depots.  The $52k only last for about the first six weeks and then you'll get part of the depot agg (depends how long you take and the depot you go too) followed a short time later by the full wage.

The only special moments in life you miss out on are those that you want to miss out on.  You are allowed requests, family leave, SLP/BLP's.

Given the depots listed when the position was advertised, I'd be interested to know what you define as "living in a remote community 100's of kms away from conveniences".  To my knowledge depots such as Nonda, St Lawrence, Alma-den, Alpha, even Monto etc have long gone.

If you feel it's not enough, go elsewhere and do better.  It's unlikely you will unless you go to the mines.
  Heavy Hauler Chief Train Controller


The only special moments in life you miss out on are those that you want to miss out on.  You are allowed requests, family leave, SLP/BLP's.
"coachdriver"

With most depots short of drivers and the 10% of drivers can only be off at one time "rule", it can be hard to attain leave. Also applying for leave well in advance ie. 6 months min is hardly ever a guarantee of getting time off. If you have to apply for some outside of that time frame the opportunity dwindles, hence me quoting that there may be things you'll have to miss out on.
HR policies always sounds great....................

Given the depots listed when the position was advertised, I'd be interested to know what you define as "living in a remote community 100's of kms away from conveniences".  To my knowledge depots such as Nonda, St Lawrence, Alma-den, Alpha, even Monto etc have long gone.
"coachdriver"

With the majority of positions to be offered in the north west, distance is still a factor and time doesn't change some facts.... been there done that.........

If you feel it's not enough, go elsewhere and do better.  It's unlikely you will unless you go to the mines.
"coachdriver"


Thanks for the advice.....again you'll work for your money there too being rostered near your 12hr minimum layoff every shift and still it's a majority of night work.

Just trying to put a different picture to the $ signs everyone sees first. My tone of writing may sound like hate the job, but it couldn't be further from the truth. It's very satisfying to me but there's some harsh realities to it as well, that exist still and always will especially with Qld being such a large state.
  Termite Chief Commissioner

Location: NSW
Just trying to put a different picture to the $ signs everyone sees first. My tone of writing may sound like hate the job, but it couldn't be further from the truth. It's very satisfying to me but there's some harsh realities to it as well, that exist still and always will especially with Qld being such a large state.
"Heavy Hauler"


Well done HH, I did the same in the NSW forum and got abused for putting the real picture to the job where it wasn't all sunshine as everyone was making out.

If you want a job in the railways, be prepared to hear about some of the bad things that go along with a usually interesting job. It's not all strawberry sunshine.

Cheers
v69
  inlander Train Controller

Location: Brisbane
You need to hear a balanced arguement. I have served as a driver in outback queensland and the most common mistake i saw was a lot of the new guys fail to prepare their families for the different lifestyle- end result divorce!- If your single all you have to worry about is not becomming an alcoholic!

For those thinking it will only be a couple of years then you can come back to Brisbane- think again- QR is developing a new policy on transfers and is now running under several groups- each resonsible for their own HR. the end result maybe that you will be locked into a particular group i.e. coal / freight and that will be it.
  gavrose Beginner

I have recently applied for a trainees position and was wondering if there is an age limit? How long does the tarineeship go for before you become qualified?
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
Are you after an upper limit or lower limit.. (not counting the fact that any limit would be discriminatory.

A trainee that started for QR at the same time as me is in his mid-fifties if that helps.. and the youngest in my group is 21.
  gavrose Beginner

Thanks - mid 40's so hopefully I get a go.
  Mark_SA Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
Anyone got any news to report about these jobs? Its all gone quiet!
  Heavy Hauler Chief Train Controller

Anyone got any news to report about these jobs? Its all gone quiet!
"Mark_SA"



Were told that they'll start notifying internal drivers who've applied for transfers to other depots in 09, starting Mon 23rd July.

Once we've accepted/declined the offers then QR can start to putting together a picture of where they'll need to place the trainees for 09 transfers to take place.

It may take 4-6 weeks to notify all those drivers depending on how many applied for a transfer. So I'd imagine it will be sometime later this year/early 08 before successful trainees are offered a depot, this is not an unusual process because of the logistics involved.

Rumour has it that some transfers ie. to coalfields may be asked to go earlier than the Dec 09, this may mean some trainees will be called up as soon as the depot/intake numbers are known.

Have you been given a date yet for your aptitude test?
  Mark_SA Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
Anyone got any news to report about these jobs? Its all gone quiet!
"Mark_SA"



Were told that they'll start notifying internal drivers who've applied for transfers to other depots in 09, starting Mon 23rd July.

Once we've accepted/declined the offers then QR can start to putting together a picture of where they'll need to place the trainees for 09 transfers to take place.

It may take 4-6 weeks to notify all those drivers depending on how many applied for a transfer. So I'd imagine it will be sometime later this year/early 08 before successful trainees are offered a depot, this is not an unusual process because of the logistics involved.

Rumour has it that some transfers ie. to coalfields may be asked to go earlier than the Dec 09, this may mean some trainees will be called up as soon as the depot/intake numbers are known.

Have you been given a date yet for your aptitude test?
"Heavy Hauler"

Nothing heard yet about aptitude test, just an email a while ago saying they will contact in the coming weeks. Im just being impatient I think! Embarassed  Just wanted to know if anyone else had heard anything yet. Thanks for your reply. Are you saying drivers have to apply for transfers a year and a half out? ie-Dec 09?
  Heavy Hauler Chief Train Controller

Are you saying drivers have to apply for transfers a year and a half out? ie-Dec 09?
"Mark_SA"


Used to be a yearly (take up date in Dec) thing until the coal boom. Back in 05 they called for 06/07/08 transfers (which have already been allocated) knowing that they'd be short for sometime.

The idea of 3 years worth of transfers in one shot was a logistical nightmare, hence them going back to calling for just 09 internal transfers.
  Cleo Station Staff

Location: Townsville, NQ
Im just being impatient I think! Embarassed  Just wanted to know if anyone else had heard anything yet


Hi everyone  Very Happy

I'm also waiting to hear about the testings. I applied here in Townsville. We were told July-Aug to hear back from QR. Offers to be sent out in September for training to start Jan 08.

I'm a newbie. Yes, am female Wink . Read all the posts. I'm not offended, we all have a right to put forward our opinions. It's all good..

Cheers, C
  bluebird252 Assistant Commissioner

good on you and welcome, there seems to be plenty of jobs being offered by Queensland Rail. Im moving up to Redbank as a trainee  but in warehouse and storage only  a week to go before I arrive by the way Im coming from SA atleast its in the right direction and afoot in the door
  pjs Beginner

A lot of us are watching and waiting
  traineehopeful Station Master

Location: Mt Isa
hello

Has anyone heard whe QR will be releasing dates for aptitude tests for trainee drivers? Very Happy
  Cleo Station Staff

Location: Townsville, NQ
good on you and welcome, there seems to be plenty of jobs being offered by Queensland Rail. Im moving up to Redbank as a trainee  but in warehouse and storage only a week to go before I arrive by the way Im coming from SA atleast its in the right direction and afoot in the door
"bluebird252"


Smile

Hi again everyone,  Well Done

Thanks for the warm welcome bluebird. Congrats on your traineeship. I guess you're already at Redbank by now. I reckon we all should take advantage of any opportunities that present themselves. Besides, one has to start somewhere.

Cheers and all the best, C  Smile
  Porterboy64 Station Staff

Location: Benalla Victoria
Just a heads up, been offered an aptitude test next week. Hows others fairing (I hope well) Surprised
Regards
  inlander Train Controller

Location: Brisbane
They tested a heap of "Internal" applicants  Wednesday/Thursday.
  traineehopeful Station Master

Location: Mt Isa
Any dates or news when QR may contact external applicants for trainee drivers for tests...???
  del2603 Junior Train Controller

Im doing my test on the 22 Aug, but I work for QR
  Cleo Station Staff

Location: Townsville, NQ
Just a heads up, been offered an aptitude test next week. Hows others fairing (I hope well) Surprised
Regards
"Porterboy64"


That's great news, all the best. I haven't heard anything. As stated by HH, we are looking at anywhere between 6 weeks from end of July to the end of the year/early 08. I'm just going to relax and be patient there'll be plenty of time to stress during the testing and training  Shocked

Cheers, C  Idea
  Cleo Station Staff

Location: Townsville, NQ
By the way, how come I have a warning level over there, call me paranoid but ... have I been naughty?  Smile
  Heavy Hauler Chief Train Controller

By the way, how come I have a warning level over there, call me paranoid but ... have I been naughty?  Smile
"Cleo"


Was called last week and offered my transfer.....with my transfer points being low I'd expect that they're getting to the end of the list, hence having some idea where they'll require placement of trainees.....

I know the internal emplyees in my area are doing their tests tomorrow, seems like every man and his dog is doing it this time......

Anyway prepare yourself if you get through to be offered primarily a trainess position in NWQ ie. Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Hughenden (all on average 1900km+ by road from Brisbane or a $500 return air flight from the Isa) though some positions have gone into the coalfields in limited numbers in the past....

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