Graduates

Our two-year graduate management programmes are designed to support and develop you across one of our three streams. So, if you are keen to take on real responsibility and to manage others in a diverse and innovative industry, then check out the streams below to find out what you can expect, what we’re looking for and most importantly, how to apply!

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER, 11.45PM

£708k

amount invested in the programme

80%

secure managerial positions following the programme

900

hours are spent each year on coaching, mentoring and personal feedback

25%

target to reduce carbon emissions per vehicle mile by 2021

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Graduate Competencies

We have identified five core skills that Go-Ahead graduates need to succeed in the recruitment process, on our graduate scheme and beyond:

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Action Enabler

Action enabler with skills in problem-solving, time management and the resilience to deliver in a high-pressure environment.

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Confidence Inspirer

Confidence inspirer with the ability to inspire confidence in customers and motivate colleagues, plus a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

 

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Effective Communicator

Effective communicator with the knowledge of excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and an ability to work together with team members and members of the public.

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Ideas Generator

Ideas generator with the ability to be forward-thinking, with innovative ideas to drive the business forward.

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Information Seeker

Information seeker with an enthusiasm around personal and professional development and committed to sharing your knowledge and skills with others.

Videos

Please find below a range of videos between one minute to five minutes giving you a real insight into the graduate roles here at Go-Ahead.

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

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

A more in-depth video hearing from past and current Bus graduates

A more in-depth video hearing from past and current Rail graduates

Application process

Reasonable adjustments

We want to support you to do your best during the application process, so please do get in touch with Helen.Francis@go-ahead.com with any questions. We want our workforce to be inclusive and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, so we particularly welcome applications from people who are underrepresented in our industry, such as women. Additionally, if you have a disability, mental health condition or any other additional needs, please do let us know so we can make any adjustments you require. 

We particularly welcome applicants from groups who are underrepresented in our industry; to find out more about what we are doing to encourage women into the Public Transport Sector click here.

#1 Research

Make sure your research extends beyond our website; travel on our networks, get in touch with our teams, follow us on social media, learn about our market and competitors; do come and meet us if we are at an event on your campus.

#2 CV & application with two questions (ongoing)

Get advice and support from your careers service and ensure your application is tailored to us; always get someone else to check your spelling and grammar before sending it off. We process applications on a rolling basis so to ensure you don’t miss out please apply as soon as you can.

#3 Video Interview (ongoing)

Video interviews can be a little daunting at first, but with the right practice and preparation, you’ll feel more confident, allowing you to present your best self. Our top tip would be practice; record yourself on your phone or use the practise platform we send you with your video interview invitation. Make sure you dress smartly and are recording against a plain background, using plenty of examples in your answers.

#4 Assessment Centre (February 2020)

Familiarise yourself with what an assessment centre may involve, do your research about the business location, be curious and have plenty of questions for us. Remember this is your first chance to meet us face to face, so if you are well prepared, then you can relax, be yourself and enjoy meeting other applicants and our team.

#5 Final Interview (February/March)

This is when you will be meeting the leaders of the business so it’s vital you make a good impression! How? The more you know about their business (even what happened yesterday), the better.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, be yourself. We are interested to find out about the unique combination of experiences, challenges and successes that make you who you are and why you feel you fit with what we are looking for.

FAQs

Yes, all you need to do is apply for the stream you are interested in. For example, if you would like to apply for both the bus and rail stream, you will need to apply twice. If you progress through to the video interview stage, you can submit one video interview for all the streams you applied for. If you are successful with your video interview, you will only go forward to assessment centre and final interview for one stream. Please remember that for Bus, Rail and Rail development you can apply with any degree discipline. For Engineering you need a mechanical, automotive, electrical or electronic engineering degree.

Yes, throughout the process it’s extremely important to us that you have a personal experience. Find details on how to contact Helen, our Graduate Programme Project Manager, below.

On the Bus stream, there are 8 locations up and down the UK and Ireland for you to choose from – if you are successful it would be sensible for you to live nearby your base in order to control your commute time and work/life balance. As part of one of your rotations, you may be required to move temporarily to a different location during the programme.

The Rail stream is based just out of London, with some travel required across our Southeastern and GTR networks. If you don’t live in London, it would be a good idea to think about relocating for the reasons stated above. If you are not sure, we can put you in touch with current graduates who have been down the same path to help you decide.

The Engineering programme is predominantly based in London but requires a lot of flexibility and travel across our bus operating companies. Again, we recommend living in London for your own quality of life.

We want to support you to do your best during the application process, so please do get in touch with Helen.Francis@go-ahead.com with any questions. We want our workforce to be inclusive and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, so we particularly welcome applications from people who are underrepresented in our industry, such as women. Additionally, if you have a disability, mental health condition or any other additional needs, please do let us know so we can make any adjustments you require. 

It’s completely normal to be a bit nervous about a video interview, as it can feel a bit weird talking to a camera rather a person. Think about it in this way though, rather than concentrating on 3 interviewers across the table, you just need to focus on what you are saying rather than observing their eye contact, body language etc. You can complete the video interview in your own time, in a comfortable environment and you are even given thinking time before each question. But to help you get used to the idea, we can’t emphasise how important it is to practice (on your phone or on the practise platform we will invite you to), getting used to hearing your own voice and building the confidence to smoothly deliver your answers.

Our graduate team will be screening on a weekly basis and aim to get in touch letting you know if you have progressed or not as soon as possible. We aim to let you know within 2 weeks. During busy periods and holidays, it may take us a little longer to be in touch.

Our graduate team will be screening on a weekly basis and aim to get in touch letting you know if you have progressed or not as soon as possible. During busy periods and holidays, it may take us a little longer to be in touch.

Yes, you can claim back any travel costs that involve public transport. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund you mileage expenses as we believe it is better for the environment to take public transport. There also may be a situation where it’s best for you to get accommodation due to an early start, please do get in touch if this is the case and we will confirm if this is okay. For more information, please take a look at the expenses policy document.

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 over the phone if possible.

Get in touch

Contact details

Helen Francis
Graduate Recruitment Project Manager

+44 (0) 7402 237630

Message Helen on whatsapp

helen.francis@go-ahead.com

Address

The Go-Ahead Group plc
4 Matthew Parker Street
Westminster
London
SW1H 9NP