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DB Cargo UK is hiring new railway employees

The UK’s largest rail freight firm is recruiting new train drivers, engineers and ground staff. The company has also started accepting applications for the new role of Junior Driver.

The new role of Junior Driver was recently introduced in conjunction with the train driver trade union, ASLEF. This role is designed to give employees practical training and experience of driving a train within the confines of the company’s yards, sidings and terminals in order to ultimately progress to mainline train driver positions. As part of the first phase, DB Cargo UK is inviting applications from candidates based in South Yorkshire and the East and West Midlands.


DB Cargo UK currently employs around 2,200 employees. Sandra Buchser, head of human resources, said that the company has recently gone through a period of modernisation which presents new opportunities for the next generation of talent. She explained: “Technology continues to revolutionise the way we deliver services. Our markets are evolving, we have higher environmental and safety standards to meet, and the expectations of our customers are also increasing, as they look to us to provide innovative new products and services.

“In order to respond to these challenges, we are looking to bring new entrants into the company, with fresh ideas. We are offering an exciting career opportunity to any individual who is enthusiastic about joining the next generation of rail freight.” DB Cargo UK already runs a number of initiatives aimed at attracting new talent into the business, including apprenticeships, an international graduate programme, and a DB European driver exchange programme with countries like Germany, France and Bulgaria.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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