Jim Meade, Chief Executive (centre) with a trainee driver class, as Iarnród Éireann launches its latest recruitment drive for new drivers. Photo: Paul Sharp/SHARPPIX

Jobs campaign on track

Iarnród Éireann is asking women to think about becoming train drivers as it launched its latest recruitment campaign.

The company’s campaign for train drivers will see a panel established to recruit up to 80 drivers. The driver roles will be based at locations including Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Portlaoise and Waterford.

Iarnród Éireann is asking women to consider driving roles, with an increasing number of women in recent trainee classes. It also highlighted the diverse range of previous careers from which recent driver recruits have come, from banking to airlines, from defence forces to archaeology and much more.

Speaking about the recruitment drive, Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann, Jim Meade said: “Iarnród Éireann is a dynamic organisation, which offers excellent progression opportunities. With the planned expansion of services as part of the National Development Plan, it is an exciting time to become part of a growing organisation.

“We are also seeing great interest in careers in Iarnród Éireann from a range of backgrounds – we are a diverse and inclusive employer, and in particular we urge more women to apply for driver roles, and are encouraged by the increasing interest from women in recent recruitment drives.”

He added: “We don’t just offer jobs, we offer careers and opportunity. I myself joined the railway as an apprentice, and with a European railway and CIPD-award winning talent management function within Iarnród Éireann, we believe we stand alongside any organisation in enabling our people to make the most of their potential.”