With public transport high on the political agenda around the country, this is a great time to build your skills in rail transport

Careers information

Train Driver

Train 400x250What do they do?

Train drivers passenger and freight trains. They know operating codes and signals, understand rules and regulations for safe operation and understand radio protocols and shunting (pushing and pulling wagons or carriages using a locomotive).

Train driverA typical day

Typically train drivers work shifts but may have a ten-hour day.

Train drivers identify faults, read route updates and comply with safety rules in emergency or breakdowns.

Train Manager

Rail 400x250What do they do?

Train managers are responsible for rail passenger comfort and safety. They manage passenger loading and unloading, provide passengers with information and may issue tickets, handle money and operate emergency equipment.

Train 250x300A typical day

Typically, train managers work shifts but may have a ten-hour day.

Train managers manage fares and tickets, attend to passengers, conduct safety checks, operate carriage doors, supervise boarding and passenger safety, and ensure carriages are clean and safe.

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     Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management
  • Good literacy and  numeracy
  • Confidence with IT Computers, technology
  • Good work habits
  • Time management
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Working with machinery
  • Interest or experience with trains
  • Working with people
  • Outside (in vehicles)
  • Different places from time to time

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs

No minimum entry requirement

  • Train Manager
  • Train Driver
  • Infrastructure Maintenance Worker
  • Signals and Communications Technician
  • Team Leader
  • Manager
 Unit/Achievement standards in schoolsApprenticeshipHigher learningHigher learning
Gateway programme available