Trainee Ground Staff Midlands

Date: 7 Jun 2024

Location: York, GB, YO1 6JQ

Company: Colas

At Colas Rail, we have over one hundred years of experience in delivering major innovations across our sector. Every day, thousands of train run on tracks built or maintained by Colas Rail. We deliver on the challenges set by a rapidly changing railway environment - constantly seeking to adapt our behaviour and culture to not only meet and exceed the expectations of our customers and stakeholders, but to also continuously develop and support our people.

Purpose of the Role


After successful completion of training:

To prepare freight trains for service, facilitate movements to/from the operational railway and control freight train movements in a defined area of responsibility.

Key Responsibilities


After successfully completing training, you will undertake the following duties:


  • Ensure freight train and associated wagons are correctly prepared for service.
  • Ensure freight train and associated wagons are correctly disposed of when not in service and /or left unattended.
  • Assist train driver with brake continuity testing.
  • Complete train documentation e.g. Train preparation certificate, Train certificate of readiness and up-date T.O.P.S as required. 
  • Carry out shunting and train preparation duties, including Coupling/uncoupling of wagons and locomotives.
  • Carry out load examination duties to railway industry standards.
  • Carry out shunting and train preparation duties, including 
  • Operate ground frames and hand points as required to facilitate train movements.
  • Undertake technical examination of rolling stock.
  • Assist maintenance/servicing staff undertaking maintenance/servicing activities, as required where competent.
  • Work various shift patterns including nights, weekends and bank holidays.
  • Must be prepared to lodge away from home, when required.
  • Ensure the highest level of professionalism when dealing with other individuals within the company, clients and members of the public.
  • Be proactive and tenacious towards health and safety.
  • Able to work in a logical manner, good communication, commercially aware with the ability to remain vigilant in charging surroundings.
  • Detaching crippled or unsafe rolling stock including unsafe or dangerous loads.

Person Specification


The job holder will have 

  • Experienced train preparer to meet current industry standards.
  • Personal Track Safety.
  • Rules and Regulations competent.
  • Freight Train Operations, Loading and Rolling Stock Examination.

What we offer


At Colas Rail we know how important job satisfaction is for everyone to support with life at home, your health and financial well-being, that's why in return we offer:


  • Competitive Salary
  • 34 days Annual Leave (including bank holidays)
  • Industry leading Life Assurance
  • Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Wellbeing Employee Assistant Programme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Long Service Award
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Occupational Health Service

Colas Rail in the United Kingdom hold three core values: Care, Share and Dare. We take care of our employees, always ensuring safety is a top priority and we nurture our collective wellbeing. We share a passion for what we do, celebrate our achievements and value high standards like nowhere else. We dare to take on new challenges; we are one of the international leaders in our industry. We continually innovate and expand in new markets.


We value and encourage diversity in our workforce, regardless of background, disability, age, religion, or gender. As part of our aim to deliver quality services, we are committed to promoting equality and eliminating discrimination. We will create a workforce that is reflective of the communities we work and live in. We are committed to the Disability Confidence Scheme, and as such we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme.