Train and tram drivers > Locomotive Driver
Tram drivers take passengers to and from destinations, following a set timetable.
£16,000 Starter - £28,000 Experienced
39 to 41 a week (evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college course
working towards this role
You could do a Level 2 Diploma in Rail Services - Tram and Light Rail Vehicle Driving.
You'll usually need to be working in a passenger transport or be on a placement to do this course. You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent.
You can get into this job through a passenger transport driver Level 2 apprenticeship. You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
You can start as a passenger assistant or conductor and move into driving work after taking company training.
You could apply to tram operating companies for tram driver training. Some employers will prefer you to have a few GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), particularly in English and maths.
You'll usually need a driving licence to apply. Experience as a bus, coach or train driver would be useful but is not essential.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- knowledge of public safety and security
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
- be over 18 years of age
- have a full driving licence
- pass a medical check
- be screened for drugs and alcohol
What you’ll do
As part of your day-to-day duties, you may:
- carry out equipment checks at the start of your shift
- drive the tram along set routes
- pick up and drop off passengers at tram stops
- keep in radio contact with the control room for up-to-date route information
- make passenger announcements (this may be automated)
- write up reports on any incidents that happened during your shift
You could work from a vehicle.
Your working environment may be noisy.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could move into a supervisory role, like depot manager or route manager.
With further training you could become a driving trainer, teaching new staff how to drive trams.