I am very excited to hear that Moss Vale will be putting on new trainee's in the next 1-2 months I have some friends who have been working for Pacific National and love their job so I am very keen to get on board as well.
Is there any thing I can do ie experience/courses/certifications which would help me get interview? Like many people on this forum I am willing to undertake what ever is necessary to get a foot in the door! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Spiritman is correct - unfortunately from further discussions with the Depot Manager and my colleague up in NSW - it looks like the Moss vale depot won't have a need for more trainees again until the end of this year or early next - not the best news I know! This however can change depending on business and client requirements.
Have you applied to PN before? If you have I can try to find out specific information for you on what may give you a better chance for the next intake.
To give you some perspective on the daunting task we face - the last intake we had at Mossvale resulted in us receiving 444 applications for 9 vacancies. It unfortunately means that the recruiter looking after the role needs to be a little 'ruthless' in their decisions on applicants. A lot of the decisions they make are based on 2 key factors - 1) Being a 'local' or within a 45-60 minute drive to the depot & 2) Having a mechanical aptitude / background. Also being in quick with your application is highly advisable. We don't really have any other prerequisites to apply for Trainee roles, having a background in and around the rail sector is good but certainly not essential and there are no courses or training seminars we would recommend applicants undertake - as we will place you through the training as part of becoming a qualified driver.
Hopefully that helps a bit - as I say, be quick in your app and demonstrate your mechanical aptitude/be close to the depot - and that will give you the highest chance of an interview. Let me know if you have applied in the past and I will look into it for you - feel free to PM me.