Tram drivers transport passengers to and from destinations, following a set timetable.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements, but some employers prefer GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent in subjects like English and maths.
You'll need good customer care skills and you’ll usually need to have held a driving licence for at least a year.
You could start as a passenger assistant or conductor.
You can find out more about careers in passenger travel on Careers That Move.
2. Skills required
- good driving skills
- strong observational skills and an alert mind
- clear spoken communication skills
- basic maths skills
- good timekeeping
- patience and the ability to stay focused
- the confidence to deal with difficult passengers
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- carrying out equipment checks at the start of your shift
- driving the tram along set routes
- picking up and dropping off passengers at tram stops
- keeping in radio contact with the control room for up-to-date route information
- making passenger announcements (this may be automated)
- writing up reports on any incidents that happened during your shift
You might also check travel passes, collect fares and deal with passenger queries.
Starter: £16,000 to £19,000
Highly Experienced: £28,000
Overtime and shift work may increase your salary.
Free or reduced travel may be offered as an extra benefit.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 40 hour shifts over a week.
Most tram services start early in the morning and run until late at night. Part-time or flexible hours may be available.
You'll be provided with a uniform.
6. 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.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017
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