Last updated 18 days ago
Location:Highland Council
Job Type:Full Time


Dalwhinne, GB

Department Name

Scotland Region

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Scotland's Railway covers a large geographical area from the Borders to Thurso at the far tip of the North East of Scotland, accounting for almost 20 per cent of the UK rail network. We provide rapid access along busy commuter routes to our seven cities, servicing the varied needs of our business and leisure commuter services, including cross border services and rural services. We have up to 50 freight services operating every day and we are steadily building capacity for this to grow.

Brief Description

Your decisions make all the difference. Taking the lead on signalling during your shift, you'll take great care to make sure trains travel safely and efficiently along the network. You'll keep Britain moving.


Grade: Signaller Grade 3

Salary: £32,874 (£29,221 whilst in training)

Location: Dalwhinne SB

About the role (External)

As a guardian of safety and good communications on the railway, you'll ensure the safe passage of trains. You will undertake our Signaller Apprenticeship Programme for a minimum of 12 months to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to undertake the duties of one of the most important jobs on Britain's Railway.

Maintaining the highest standards in every action you take, you'll make sure each decision is thought through, following clear, calm and methodical analysis. Even under pressure, your standards will never slip.

You will work on a shift basis. As the focal point of railway operations in your assigned area, you'll be expected to take the lead in your duties during your shift. That means you'll take command of situations, with an assertive approach and clear communication.

Mandatory Signalling Apprenticeship and Training

Our Signaller Apprenticeship provides those who are new to the signaller world full training to develop both technical skills and non-technical skills and acquire practical experience through a wide mix of learning. You will benefit from attending a 12 week residential signaller training course followed by a period of supervised on the job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment.

To ensure you're on the right track and you are receiving the support you need, you will have regular reviews with your line manager and Trainer.

On successful completion of your Signalling Apprenticeship you will have acquired a Level 2 Infrastructure Operations Apprenticeship.

The role of Signaller requires flexibility as you will be required to work on a rotational shift basis to ensure maximum coverage of our railway. As the focal point of railway operations in your assigned area, you'll be expected to take the lead in your duties during your shift. That means you'll take command of situations, with an assertive approach and clear communication.

Essential Criteria

§The ability to concentrate for long periods

§A calm, methodical and precise approach to your work

§Excellent communication skills

§Good hearing and eyesight, with satisfactory colour perception

§Your own transport, so you can reach your base day and night

§Able to assess situations and consider the impact of your decisions

§A highly conscientious worker

§Willing and able to work shifts, including evenings and weekends

§Meet the required benchmark for application screening questions

§Must meet required online testing benchmark

This role involves days, nights and weekend working and the job is safety critical. Offers of employment are subject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical assessment and BPSS pre-employment checks.

How to apply (External)

Please click 'apply now' to login, upload your CV and complete the pre-screening questions.

If you are successful at these application questions, you will receive a link to complete 3 online SHL tests: verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and a Signaller situational judgement test. You are required to complete the online tests within a 5 day timescale. If you have completed these same tests within the last 12 months, your previous test scores will be used. You will be notified if you have met the online selection test benchmark. Please for any queries relating to SHL testing for this vacancy.

Applicants that pass the pre-screening questions and SHL test benchmark will be considered for an interview.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage people to work flexibly. We welcome applications from everyone. Click here for more information

We are a Disability Confident Leader employer!

To ensure an improved representation in our workforce, applications are particularly welcome from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, females, LGBTQi+ people and people with disabilities.

All offers of employment are conditional upon satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks. Click here for more information

Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

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All candidates must complete the mandatory pre-screening questions at the start in order for your application to be progressed. Please ensure you state N/A into any free text fields where required.

Grade: Signaller Grade 3

Salary: £32,874 (£29,221 whilst in training)

Location: Dalwhinne SB

Closing date: Wednesday 3rd March 2021 - late applications will not be accepted.

We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.