David Yeates has gone from commuter to train driver after a training programme. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Last year, Dave Yeates was a regular commuter on the Wairarapa train line, travelling to Wellington for work.

Now he is among the latest graduates of Metlink’s driver training school.

“I was looking for a change – something different. I wish I had found this job 10 years ago.”

Yeates said his time spent commuting on the train every day showed him the possibility of a career in rail.

So, he decided to apply for a spot in the driver training school run by Metlink’s operator for Wellington’s railway – Transdev.

“The camaraderie while we were training was good, we helped each other get through.

“Being the oldest in the group, it was hard to get back into the study side of it, but the other guys were a big help.”

Yeates’ new role as a locomotive engineer has also opened a door for his son Steve.

After seeing advertisements for vacancies in train control, he encouraged his son to apply.

His son is now in training and is excited to begin a career in the same industry as his dad.

Yeates said he was looking forward to putting his new skills to use, driving across the Wellington regional rail network.

“Every line has its own identities and challenges. I really enjoy the variety each one offers.”