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Graduate scheme

With 273 million passengers riding on our network each year, strong leadership is a must. That’s why we invest in developing young talent, offering a rotational training programme that helps graduates build exceptional skills and experience.

About us

Thameslink is operated by the Govia Thameslink Railway, which is itself part of The Go-Ahead Group, the UK’s busiest rail operator. We handle a lot of journeys and a lot of moving parts. It takes solid leadership and customer service skills to keep it all running smoothly.

We created our graduate programmes to attract young talent and help them develop the high levels of customer service needed to do what we do.

Our working culture

Achieving a silver award for being investors in people, The Go-Ahead Group strive to give all employees the best possible working environment. We pride ourselves on:

  • The quality of our leadership
  • The strength of the relationships within teams
  • The effective use of skills and talent
  • Having strong responses to feedback
  • Commitment to continuous improvement

As a progressive and developmental company, we encourage all graduates to be creative and look for ways to continuously improve the business and the passenger experience, at all levels.

You can learn more about our programme – including application details – at the Go-Ahead website.

The details of the Graduate Scheme

What we look for

It’s been our experience that confidence and ambition are the two of the keys to succeeding in our graduate scheme.

We also look for:

  • Education at degree level, with a 2:1 or above in any discipline
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • An interest in business
  • A strong work ethic
  • Natural resilience
  • High energy
  • Ability to maintain a professional approach to work at all times
  • Ability to cope with stressful situations
  • A good understanding of the political landscape
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to motivate a team
  • Excellent people skills
  • Flexibility

What you get

We’ve worked hard to develop an ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) accredited scheme that offers participants a meaningful experience, clear responsibilities and plenty of opportunities for growth.

In the course of the programme, you will:

  • Rotate through assignments, with time spent in all three of our rail operating companies as well as other branches of the business, including planning, bus operations, and head office operations
  • Progress through a modular development programme
  • Benefit from our coaching programme, designed to make sure you are focusing your development on the specific skills you need to be a leader in the business
  • Take on a dedicated project work that will have a real impact on operations
  • Get exposure to the whole company, including all directors and senior personal
  • Work with your own personal mentor throughout the programme to be sure you’re getting the most out of the experience

Ready to learn more or to apply? Visit our recruitment page at the Go-Ahead website.

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