If you’re looking for a change of career, why not apply to be a train driver?

The State Government has just opened applications for another 60 drivers over the next couple of years as they prepare for the Metronet expansion, including the Airport Link in 2021.

And, get this, it pays more than $90,000 a year…. we’re talking entry-level.

It’s no secret that it’s super-competitive but why let that put you off? You don’t even need a background in rail with training provided by the Public Transport Authority.

Drivers must successfully complete:

– A 25-week paid training period (including sessions in a custom-built train simulator at Claisebrook)

– On-the-job training as a trainee driver, to obtain their Certificate IV in Train Driving.

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Training includes:

– 11 weeks in the classroom learning all the theory behind driving railcars – including electrical safety, customer service, signalling and communications

– At least 14 weeks of on-the-job training in the railcar with a driver trainer.

“There are plenty of us who would have held childhood dreams of driving a train – and with applications now open for the next round of Transperth train drivers – now could be the time to turn these dreams into reality,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said in a statement.

“Once their training is complete, these drivers will literally take front seat in witnessing the Transperth-Metronet transformation, being among the first to drive on the Forrestfield-Airport Link.”

Applications close at 9am on August 30, for more info, click here!

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