News from East Midlands Trains


East Midlands Trains invests in driver training and skills

  • Investment in state-of-the-art driver simulator in Derby
  • New technology helps to improve and enhance skills
  • Rail operator also launches recruitment drive for more train drivers
  • East Midlands Trains encouraging more diverse driving workforce

East Midlands Trains has announced a major investment in training for its drivers, and at the same time has announced the start of a recruitment drive for additional drivers at its Derby and Nottingham depots.

East Midlands Trains has invested in new technology at its Derby-based training academy, and a new train driver simulator will revolutionise driver training, briefings and assessments.  The simulator replicates the experience train drivers face in the cab of a real train in a variety of circumstances and caters for all levels of experience and knowledge. 

East Midlands Trains currently employs almost 500 drivers, and has launched a recruitment campaign for additional Depot Drivers for Derby and Nottingham. The depot driver role is the starting step in the journey to become a train driver and a large proportion of depot drivers progress to become drivers on passenger services.   All entrants must be at least 21 and applications can be made until 13 October. More information can be found at

East Midlands Trains is also using this recruitment drive to encourage more women, younger people and ethnic minority groups to apply for its driver roles.

Kirsty Derry, HR Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re constantly recruiting new drivers into our team, so it’s vital that we continue to enhance and develop our training programme to ensure all of our drivers are equipped with the best skills.

“The new simulator represents a major investment in training for new drivers coming into our company as well as helping to develop the skills of our existing drivers.

“One of our major challenges now is encouraging a more diverse driving workforce. We’ve been working to increase the number of females applying for our driver roles, with open evenings aimed specifically at women, as well as tackling the unconscious bias through blind screening.

“We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and ages and we’d urge anybody interested in a career in driving to check our website, “

The new driver simulator will be used to develop enhanced training programmes for drivers. It will also help drivers to quickly identify any faults and failures and adapt to different types of driving conditions. Most importantly it will help drivers fine tune their skills in relation to application of emergency procedures and complex rules and regulations, such as dealing with infrastructure faults or animals on the line; all from within in a safe learning environment.

Andy Botham, ASLEF Drivers Functional Council rep, said; “We are pleased to see East Midlands Trains investing in this equipment to enhance and improve the training of our drivers. The simulator will be very useful in ensuring that all drivers will have the opportunity to learn about and apply complex rules and procedures that are difficult to replicate via conventional training methods”

Media are invited to have a test ‘drive’ in East Midlands Trains new driver simulator. For more information contact Emma Knight by emailing