The railway company has been holding recruitment events in prisons and is opening its doors to former offenders. Virgin Trains is holding recruitment fairs in prisons and could start actively hiring reformed criminals to work on East Coast trains. The rail operator has 27 former offenders working on its West Coast service and boss Richard Branson is keen to add more.
Skip to main content. Many current drivers are getting close to retirement eligibility age and Virgin Trains is on the lookout for fresh talent to join the company. They are hoping that the scheme will attract a diverse group of people, including those who had previously not considered a career in rail.
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Thousands of people have applied for less than jobs to drive a new fleet of trains being launched by Virgin. More than 15, people applied for 78 jobs to work on the new Azuma trains, built in the UK by Hitachi, which are being launched in The company said there were almost applications for every vacancy following the biggest recruitment campaign on the East Coast route since the s. Those who have been successful in getting through the first stages of the process will be invited to attend a selection day which will include a variety of assessments and exercises that will bring the best talent into our business.
Virgin Trains has launched the first in-prison employability training programme aimed at building the workplace skills prisoners need to make them job-ready on the day of release. It comes two years after the operator made in-prison recruitment fairs a part of its regular recruitment process and removed the criminal record declaration box from its recruitment forms. It also complements the skills training programmes developed in prisons by other employers such as Timpson and Halfords.
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Natasha, 42, joined Virgin Trains 16 years ago as a customer service assistant. Her decision to leave the airline was prompted, in part, by the September 11th terror attacks but also by a desire to be at home to start a family. She progressed through the business to become a duty manager in customer relations and then a station manager at Birmingham New Street.
Held in the LMC Business and Conference Centrethe day was designed to give students the experience of a selection process in a large customer service organisation. To prepare for the event students competed an online application form and had the opportunity to create or update their CV to include with their application. On the day the selection process consisted of: meet and greet where the students had to demonstrate positive body language and good interpersonal skills with the ability to quickly build a rapport, team building activities, speed interviewing and individual interviews.
Virgin Trains is to hold regular recruitment fairs in prisons after doubling the number of ex-convicts it employs. Virgin Trains employed 12 people with convictions in as part of the contract awarded by the Department for Transport. Virgin Trains has established partnerships with HM Prison Service, the Scottish Prison Service and private prison operators — all of whom work with inmates who are nearing the end of their sentence and need jobs.