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Graduate Leadership Development Programme 2018/19 (Generalist and Engineering Management)

About Abellio

Abellio operates public transport contracts in Europe. Our operations span three countries including UK, Germany and the Netherlands, across bus, tram and train services. In the UK we operate train services for ScotRail, Greater Anglia, Merseyrail and West Midlands rail networks as well as buses through Abellio London & Surrey

We challenge the traditional conventions of travel so that we can provide better quality, safer, more convenient transport services that genuinely benefit our clients and customers, and we do it the Abellio Way - Genuine, Professional, Proactive, Inclusive. 

Scheme overview

On the Abellio Graduate Leadership Development scheme you will participate in a leadership development programme while also gaining hands-on business experience in different departments within a range of Abellio operated companies, working with people at all levels and backgrounds – from directors to front line colleagues, and of course, our customers. The development programme can be tailored for engineering and general management.

Graduate Leadership Development Programme

The Abellio Graduate Leadership Development Programme starts in September 2018. Within that time you will participate in our development programme that will enable you to develop your skills in the areas of operational management, decision making, project management, finance, managing people and various other topics that will put you on the development path of becoming a leader of people and business.

You will also be exposed to a variety of roles across our businesses, gaining a strong mixture of practical and theoretical knowledge, and working with people at all levels - from Directors to frontline staff. Your on-the-job learning will be complemented by completing a range of inductions across the whole business, attending leadership development workshops, various skills training courses, receiving coaching and mentoring throughout the programme from senior members of staff. You will gain experience in key areas of transport operations and build an understanding of the business, its strategy, its environment, and its stakeholders. You will also have the opportunity to meet other graduates and colleagues from our European parent and sister companies and you will be supported to develop the values and behaviours of the Abellio Way and become a member of the Abellio family. 

Year 1 : During the first year of the programme you will commence our enhanced leadership development programme (ILM qualification) while working in 3 different placements. The rotation of placements will allow you to gain as much exposure as possible to different areas of our rail and bus businesses. There will be an emphasis on giving you exposure to front line manager roles. Your placements could be at any of our companies. Current locations include London and the south east, Merseyside, the Midlands and Scotland.

Year 2: After the successful completion of the first year you will continue participating in the leadership development programme, and also be assigned to one of our businesses in a front line management role for a 12 months period.

At the end of the programme you will be placed in a management grade role in one of our businesses. Your skills, interest and strength will be taken into account when identifying your first role.

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