The West Midlands is home to a number of major rail stations, and the county's reliance on this mode of transport means that there are a huge number of opportunities available for those looking to further their careers within this sector.
In addition to driving roles, those in the West Midlands will find opportunities as ticket inspectors, customer service staff, platform guards and more. Operational and engineering employees are also required, from site foremen to rail engineers, and project managers for areas undergoing rail improvement services.
Arriva Trains, Chiltern Railways, London Midland and Virgin Rail are just a few of the train operators whose remit includes the West Midlands, with all of these companies seeking staff for their networks.
The qualifications that are needed depend on the role applied for, with drivers needing to be licensed, and maintenance and engineering staff needing the relevant industrial qualifications.
Salaries also vary. Foremen can earn between £30,000 and £45,000 per year, while train drivers can earn between £30,000 and £5,000 when employed by major train companies. Often, specialist recruitment agencies are the best place to find a job in the rail industry, with a wealth of experience and contact that will help your progress.