TRAIN DRIVER ASSESSMENT CENTRE DAY TRAINING COURSE
LEARN TO PASS THE TRAIN DRIVER ASSESSMENT CENTRE
This course is ideal for those who want to improve their chances of success at the train driver assessment centre.
It is a great course to doing the run up to your train driver assessment centre in order to get yourself “match-fit”. It is also ideal for those who don’t have an assessment just yet but want to know what to expect and what they may need to prepare on.
The train driver assessment centre usually takes place on one or two days. It mostly consists of a series of exercises:
- Psychometric and Aptitude Assessment Tests (otherwise known as the “Train Driver Tests”)
- Structured Interview
- Manager Interview
PLEASE NOTE: if you fail the psychometric and aptitude assessment tests twice you will not normally be permitted to apply for the train driver’s position again.
TRAIN DRIVER TESTS
When applying to become a train driver, you will have to undertake an assessment centre which consists of famously hard psychometric tests and multiple interviews.
Some of the tests you may have to undertake include some or all of the following:
- Group bourdon concentration test;
- Error Finding Tests;
- Fault Analysis Tests;
- Perception Adaptive Tachistoscopic Traffic Test (ATAVT);
- Hand coordination 2-HAND;
- Written Communication Test (WCT);
- Multimodal Interview (MMI);
- A fast reaction and co-ordination test;
- Communication exercises.
- Numerical Visual Comparison tests
Once you have passed the assessments you will normally be invited to attend two interviews.
The interviews are usually on the same day as the tests but the order and day has been known to differ depending on the Train Operating Company or TOC as they are more commonly referred as.
The Structured Interview and the Managers Interview
During the Train Driver selection process you will be required to undergo two interviews. The first interview is called a Structured Interview whilst the second one is called a Managers Interview.
These interviews will assess your potential for becoming a train driver with the Train operating Company. The questions are usually based around the key skills such as:
- Your ability to remain calm under pressure;
- Your communication skills and team working abilities;
- How you handle large amounts of complex and technical information;
- An ability to concentrate for long periods.
The interviews you face will usually last one hour or more and have been created with the intention of analysing your suitability and potential to perform the roles of a Train Driver efficiently. You should expect the interview to be different from previous interviews you may have had, and most likely much more intense.
During you assessment centre day, you will usually have to take:
- Psychometric Tests
- Structured Interview
- Manager Interview
The train operating companies like to use this order because this is the order of probability in which candidates are likely to fail.
IMPORTANT: If you fail your assessment centre with any mixture of TOCs more than once, your will not normally be permitted to apply for a trainee train driver’s role ever again.
1-DAY TRAIN DRIVER ASSESSMENT CENTRE COURSE STUCTURE
(STRICTLY LIMITED TO JUST 5 PLACES PER COURSE)
Module 1 – Key Skills and Attributes Check
During this module, you will be taught:
How you will be assessed by the TOCs (Train Operating Companies).
How to demonstrate the assessable qualities throughout the assessment centre.
Module 2 – Live Train Driver Assessment Tests Preparation
Passing the train driver assessment tests is widely considered to be the hardest part of the selection process. To become a trainee train driver you will need to undertake multiple psychometric tests which need to be passed at a high level, demonstrating a high level of accuracy. These tests will focus on your observational skills, your judgement, reaction, awareness & perceptions, attention & concentration, coordination, analytical ability and communication.
During module 2 of your assessment centre training course, you will spend a large amount of time focusing on multiple in-house assessments that represent and prepare you with the necessary knowledge, preparation and skills to pass your TOC assessments.
You will get to try all new assessments including:
- The computerised train driver Awareness and Recognition Test (AART), the Observational Ability Test (OAT).
- The paper-based train driver tests including the Assessing Information test, Checking Test, Train Driver Error Checking Test (TD-ECT), Dots Concentration Test.
- All your tests will be assessed by the tutor who will ensure you understand the correct answers to all of the questions!
You will also learn:
- How to be fully prepared for all the assessments.
- What you’ll be assessed on and the skills TOCs look for.
- Provided with essential assessment centre advice from our expert tutor.
Please note: All of the tests you will practice and learn from on this train driver training programme are exclusive to this course. All the material is unique and is not found in any of our other courses to ensure you are preparing with fresh material at a harder standard, similar to what you can expect on your real assessment day.
Module 3 – Mock Interview & Creation of Responses
This module will fully prepare you for the structured interview and the manager’s interview. You will have the chance to view how questions may be presented in a mock interview demonstration or group interaction exercise, tailor your own interview questions and leave the day with your own structure for formulating high scoring answers for your train driver interviews.
In this module you will be taught:
- What types of questions TOC’s interview panel will ask.
- Learn all of the key areas you’ll be assessed on: ‘calm under pressure’, ‘communication skills’, ‘complex and technical information’, ‘concentrate for long periods’ and more.
- How to prepare effectively for the interviews to ensure success.
- Preparing to pass both the trainee train driver structured and manager’s interviews.
- A detailed plan of how you can create and structure your own successful responses.
- A chance to view part of a trainee train driver mock interview demonstration or interactive group exercise.
Module 4 – Enhanced Performance Checklist
You will use this module to formulate your own personal action plan. The course tutor will help you structure areas of focus and preparation you should undertake before your actual assessment day.
- Personalised action plan checklist – what should each candidate approve upon after the course.
- What areas you need to work on and revise.
COURSE TUTOR – DAVID BEBB
Dave is our senior course tutor. He currently also runs our 1-Day Train Driver Recruitment Course. This more intense and personal course run by Dave is entirely focussed on the train driver assessment centre. Dave’s knowledge and expertise regarding assessment centres in general is up there with the very best. Because whilst he is a recruitment expert, his specialism is in training and guiding candidates so that their performance is improved at assessment centres. His expertise in this specialist field is acknowledged and as a result, he has been utilised not just by our customers for various roles they wish to secure but also by several universities to help increase their students’ employability prospects. He also provides this training to help charities reward and assist their staff and volunteers. Dave has helped 100s of aspiring trainee train drivers throughout their preparation into a new career.
Dave can help you be what you want to be.
See you on the course.
FURTHER TRAIN DRIVER ASSESSMENT CENTRE COURSE DETAILS
The cost of the course
The total cost of the course is £247 plus vat.
Once you have paid for your course you will receive confirmation of your booking and further course details via email.
Location of the course
80 Churchill Square Business Centre, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent. ME19 4YU. You will receive details of the training venue location in your booking confirmation letter. There is ample FREE parking directly adjacent to the training course. You don’t have to pay a penny to park at our training venue.
– For Saturday bookings, this comprehensive 1-day coaching course will run from 9am until 5pm. All Sunday courses will commence at 9:30am. Access to the training room will be available from 8:45am on Saturdays and 9:15am on Sundays.
This course is strictly limited to 5 places per course. This is because the tuition is intense and made personal to you. The course tutor will answer questions you have and you will end the day with the confidence, knowledge and skills to help you pass your train driver assessment. Please take a look at our train driver training vacancies at the bottom of this page.
Teas/Coffees provided. There are shops located within a 10-minute walk of the training venue, or you can bring your own lunch if you prefer.
Details of the most cost-effective hotels nearest to the training venue will be supplied in your booking confirmation letter.
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If your question is not answered then please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than pleased to help you.
TRAIN DRIVER ASSESSMENT CENTRE DAY COURSE
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