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Graduate scheme

With 273million passengers riding on our network each year, strong leadership is a must. That’s why we invest in developing young talent, offering rotational programmes that help 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.

The Go-Ahead Rail Graduate programme

In this scheme, you get full exposure to all elements of the business. You’ll build a well-rounded base of knowledge and will be able to make an informed choice about where you would enjoy completing your first placement after finishing the scheme.

Applications for the 2016 scheme have already closed. But you can learn more about our programme – and check for 2017 scheme details – at the Gradvert website.

The details

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 Gradvert website.

The Govia Thameslink Railway fast track programme

If you join this programme, expect a robust on the job training programme as well as a comprehensive learning and development scheme. We aim to fast track you into a leadership position in the business within 18 months.

This is a rotational programme – you’ll gain practical experience and knowledge of the operational side of the business through assignments in key areas. This varied experience is designed to allow you to shape your future management position within the company.

Ready to learn more or to apply? Visit our recruitment page at the Gradvert website.

The details

What we look for

Ideally, we’re looking for graduates educated to degree level or equivalent who also have a minimum of a year’s work experience in a customer service, retail or hospitality environment.

You must be a self-starter and be resilient in dealing with a variety of different teams, roles and people within the business.

We also look for:

  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Resilience
  • Experience of handling difficult situations
  • Great leadership skills
  • Strong influencer at all levels
  • Customer focus
  • Can-do attitude
  • A proactive mindset

What our participants say

“The Graduate training programme is a fantastic opportunity to meet a lot of people, learn fast, experience the whole operation and sets a great foundation for any career within the transport Industry.”

- Laura McEwan

“Since I’ve worked with GTR every day has been completely different. I’ve discussed a community regeneration project with an MP, I’ve worked on improving passenger information and had the opportunity to manage staff on the front line from day one of my placement. I’ve found every team I’ve worked in to be incredibly supportive and I’m really excited to have gained real management experience already.”

- Sean Yallop

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