Southeastern runs train services into London from Kent and East Sussex, operating some 2016 trains a day, carrying more than 640,000 passengers each weekday, serving 180 stations and covering 1,094 miles of railway infrastructure. We operate one of the busiest networks in the country including the UK’s first domestic high speed service with Javelin trains.
Southeastern is operated by Govia, a joint venture between leading transport operators Go-Ahead (65%) and Keolis (35%).
Go-Ahead Group plc is one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport services operating in the bus, rail and aviation services sectors.
Keolis is a French-based operator of transport services in 13 countries worldwide and is owned by SNCF, AXA Private Equity, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Keolis management.
Women should apply to be a Trainee Train Driver as it is never too late for a change of career. The training is intense as there is a lot to learn but it's taught well and everyone is really supportive. The main benefit is having a better work/home life balance. Working a 4 day week gives me more time to be able to spend with my family and, with the shift work, it enables me to do things during the week which I would be unable to do if I worked 9-5.
Rachel Read, Trainee Train Driver
I always wondered why I rarely saw a female Train Driver, knowing how capable and responsible women are. I had just graduated from University when I applied and since joining every working day has been one I look forward to. It’s a life changing job that can set you up for life. Southeastern really believe and invest in their employees and I feel really valued. The working environment is really positive, we are a big family and it’s like nothing I’ve experienced before.
Alice Nobbs, Trainee Train Driver
There is a huge perception that driving a train is a male profession. It really doesn't matter how big, tall, small, strong, or what gender you are, it’s a case of having the right personality and character traits. I love having the responsibility of ensuring that the trains are run safely and on time. I would encourage women to become a Train Driver, as it give you a sense of satisfaction and pride knowing that you have that level of responsibility and people believe in your abilities to do it. I enjoy the shift work as it enables me to have a fantastic work/life balance.
Marie Brazier, Trainee Train Driver