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Graduate scheme

We are delighted to announce the launch of The Go-Ahead Group Rail Graduate Scheme

Start Date: June 2016
Salary: £25,000
Closing Date: 31st December 2015

The Go-Ahead Group is the UK’s busiest rail operator, carrying more passengers than any other, and have a market share of around 30%. Comprising of three rail operators, GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway), London Midland and South Eastern, GTR alone carry 273million passengers a year.

Go-Ahead is working hard to ensure the customer experience is excellent during all elements of the rail journey, from time in the station, while on the train and beyond. The graduate programme has been created to attract the best candidates to progress the high levels of customer service. Achieving a silver award for being investors in people, The Go-Ahead Group strive to give all employees the best possible working environment. The business prides itself on the quality of leadership, the strength of the relationships within teams, the effective use of skills and talent, having strong responses to feedback as well as a commitment to continuous improvement.

The graduate programme has been designed to invest in the future of the business. The company are looking for driven, hard working and determined graduates to join and train as the leaders of the future. The programme aims to give the cohort full exposure to all elements of the business, to ensure both full understanding, and allow the graduates to decide where they would enjoy completing their first placement after completion of the scheme. As a progressive and developmental company, The Go-Ahead Group encourage all of the graduates to be creative and look for ways to continuously improve the business, and the passenger experience at all levels.

Programme Snap Shot

Key Requirements:

Your personality is critical within the role; you will need to be a confident and ambitious individual. We’re also looking for:

  • Educated to degree level achieving a 2:1 or above in any discipline
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • An interested in business and constant improvement
  • A strong work ethic
  • Natural Resilience
  • Passionate and have a high energy
  • Ability to maintain a professional approach to work at all times
  • Motivated, ambitious and determined
  • Ability to cope with stressful situations
  • A good understanding of the political landscape
  • Ability to motivate a team
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent people skills
  • Flexible and can adapt to change

Key Features:

  • Rotational Training Programme, including time spent in all three rail operating companies as well as other branches of the business, including planning, bus operations, and head office operations
  • ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) accredited training scheme
  • Modular development programme, with bespoke, personal development included
  • A coaching programme, to ensure you are focusing your development on your specific needs, and gain all of the fundamental skills needed to be a leader in the business
  • Dedicated project work for you to have a real impact upon the business
  • Exposure to the whole company, including all directors and senior personal
  • Your own personal mentor to help you throughout the programme and to ensure you are progressing

For more information about the graduate programme, please visit:

GO-AHEAD GROUP RAIL GRADUATE SCHEME