Exist Insight ISSUE 06

Only two weeks remain to apply for FirstGroup’s graduate scheme

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Added: 15 December 2017

 

Ambitious graduates, particularly from engineering backgrounds, being sought for training scheme

Deadline for applications is 31 December

 

Just two weeks remain for graduates to apply for a management fast-track scheme in the transport industry.

Train and bus operator FirstGroup, which will carry almost two billion passengers in the coming year, is looking for the next generation of talented and ambitious graduates to join its bus and rail businesses.

Those who join the scheme will undertake placements across the UK as they fast-track themselves towards senior management roles.

Applications, which close 31 December, are being accepted for five different schemes: bus operations management, rail operations management, bus engineering, rail engineering, and finance management.

Paul Siaens, who leads recruitment for FirstGroup’s graduate scheme, said:

“The graduate programme is ideal for hardworking, motivated people who are at the start of their career and want to make a big impact from day one. This time, we’ve created more spaces on the scheme and we are particularly interested in receiving applications from graduates with engineering qualifications.

“Last year, we launched a finance graduate scheme – which was hugely popular – and we recently launched our new South Western Railway network. This all means it’s a really exciting time to join FirstGroup.”

Successful applicants will receive hands-on experience, technical training and mentoring, as part of a fast-paced leadership development programme.

Evie Carroll, currently in the first year of her graduate programme, said:

“I love having responsibility at work and being given challenges and tasks where I can push myself. The rotational placement system on FirstGroup’s graduate scheme appealed to me as I am exposed to a wide variety of new challenges and opportunities. For example, as well as learning managerial skills, I’ve been learning to drive buses, so I will gain an understanding of the challenges faced at every level.”

Anyone wishing to apply for the programme can find out more at uk.firstgroupcareers.com/graduates.

Picture caption L to R: First Group Graduate Trainees Thomas Stockdale, Evie Carroll, Andrew Chambers 

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