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Tram driver

Tram drivers transport passengers to and from destinations, following a set timetable.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £28,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

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

You'll need:

  • 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.

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £19,000

Experienced: £22,500

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