Applications for the 2023 graduate schemes are now open. 

Come join the Go-Ahead Group, where you can make a real impact on our colleagues, passengers and the communities we serve. Through our varied placements, graduates can develop management skills, learn in a diverse and innovative environment, and be part of an industry that puts people first.

We will run two graduate schemes in 2023 that you can choose from: Operations and Commercial Management or General Management. All roles offer a variety of placements and rotations over two years.

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Operations and Commercial Management Programme

‚ÄčOur Operations and Commercial Management Programme helps you learn all aspects of operation management, while making decisions that impact millions of passengers' journeys. You'll get stuck into the role and even gain a PCV licence.

Placements can include:

  • Gaining people management skills
  • Learning how to optimise bus route efficiencies in the scheduling department
  • Opportunities to develop industry knowledge and grow your network

General Management Programme

Our General Management Programme exposes you to a corporate office environment where you will work across our business functions to experience different areas of the Go-Ahead Group. You will get the opportunity to work across business development, strategy, commercial, corporate services and operational efficiencies.

Placements can include:

  • Strategic commercial insight to support Go-Ahead's business development projects
  • The opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the operational side of our business
  • Opportunities to develop industry knowledge and grow your network

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Graduate videos

See what the Go-Ahead Graduate Scheme has to offer you, and find out from current and previous Go-Ahead graduates what they've been up to since joining us.

What's our bus graduate scheme like? Find out from former graduates.

A day in the life of a Bus Management Graduate at Go-Ahead

How our application process works

1 . Submit your application online

Your application is our introduction to you. We require a CV and Cover letter so we can understand your motivations for applying to the role.

2. Initial video Interview

A video interview will be held so that we can get to know you a little better.

3. Assessment Centre

During out assessment centre you will have the chance to meet us and demonstrate a wide range of skills through a combination of tasks and activities.

4. Final Interview

You'll be asked to attend a final interview with a senior manager of the business you have applied for.

Go-Ahead Values

At Go-Ahead, we want our employees to feel respected, supported and have autonomy within their day-to-day working life. We live by our values and we want to see how you embody them.



We hold ourselves and others responsible for delivering on the commitments we make, driving performance and value.



Through empowerment and trust, we respond quickly and flexibly to take advantage of opportunities.



We are stronger as one organisation, working together towards common goals.

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Open Minded

We are innovative and open to change, looking ahead and seeking diverse perspectives to stay one step ahead.



We communicate openly and honestly, so we can solve problems and learn from our successes and failures.


Yes. You should have the unrestricted right to work in the UK & Ireland in order to apply. 

The Go-Ahead Group is not a licensed sponsor and is therefore unable to offer sponsorship. You can find more information about companies that do offer sponsorship on the government website.

Although in Ireland graduates are able to work for up to two years without sponsorship on a graduate programme, we require individuals to be able to work beyond this period.

For the bus and rail scheme: No. Our current and former graduates have studied varied subjects at University, such as Business Studies, Geography and Drama. We're more interested in you and a willingness to learn. 

For the engineering scheme: Yes. We require a minimum 2:2 grade in mechanical or electrical/electronic engineering.

No. For us, it doesn't matter when you completed your degree - just that you have one. We have even taken on graduates who have had 20 years' experience in other industries. 

We will support you as best as we possibly can through the application process. We are an inclusive employer and welcome applications from all backgrounds. If you have a disability, mental health condition or additional needs let us know so we can make adjustments for you.

You can contact the Recruitment Team at for any matters relating to the recruitment process. If you would like to know more about Go-Ahead in general contact 

Do your research on the work which Go-Ahead does and think about how the skills which you have could be applied during your time on the graduate scheme. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you better and we are not looking to catch you out!

We are now screening applications for our 2023 intake, our team will be scanning applications on a regular basis and we aim to get back to applicants within two weeks. It may take us a little longer over busy periods or bank holidays.

Unfortunately, due to the number of applicants during the initial stages, we are unable to give everyone personal feedback. We will try our best to give you an idea of how you could better perform next time, but this may be generic rather than individual. During the later stages, however, we do aim to offer every candidate personalised feedback if possible.