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Engineering Graduate Programme

About the role: 

Go-Ahead’s two-year graduate engineering programme develops people to become a key part of the engineering management function, and is IMechE accredited, suited to graduates aspiring to gain Incorporated or Chartered status. Our engineering graduates are fast-tracked through an introduction to maintenance workshops and practices, exposed to vehicle design and production, and gain knowledge of emerging technologies. This is all alongside developing the key competencies that should be expected of any great graduate scheme: finances, HR, health & safety, and communication.

Our engineering graduates can expect to be exposed to: 

  • Workshop environments – think vehicle inspections, identifying defects, accident repairs etc
  • MOT preparation and testing
  • Responsibilities around Quality and Technical Engineering requirements 
  • Fleet maintenance
  • Document and operational management

About the Go-Ahead Group: 

We are a leading provider of public transport in the UK bus and rail service sectors, delivering over one billion passenger journeys each year. Almost two million journeys take place per day on our bus network – as well as being London’s largest bus operator, we own eight regional UK bus companies. Currently a FTSE250 company employing 29,000 people across the country, we’re also expanding our international bus and rail portfolio. We are strong believers in local brands run by local management for local markets, and so are looking for motivated graduates who will grow and develop into our future operations managers and directors. 

Key requirements

Go-Ahead are looking for Engineers with a hands-on, practical approach to complement their degree-level education. Applicants should have:

  • Minimum of a 2:2 in mechanical or electrical / electronic engineering
  • An interest in tinkering with engines and understanding how they work. If you’re the kind of person who likes to take things apart, see how they run and put them back together again, this role will suit you nicely!
  • Experience using the Microsoft Office suite
  • The unrestricted right to work in the UK on a permanent basis

What we are looking for:

  • A positive attitude and the ability to inspire confidence in and motivate others
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills - clear, concise and engaging
  • A customer focus, keen to deliver for Go-Ahead’s vast network of bus and rail users
  • The ability to work with team members at all levels and deal with members of the public 
  • Forward-thinking, innovative ideas to drive the business forward
  • Resilience and the ability to work in a high-pressure environment 
  • Skills in problem-solving, analysis and dealing with complex data
  • Time management, methodical thinking, and an ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • A collaborative approach – keen to share knowledge and skills
  • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Determination to succeed and develop yourself personally and professionally

What Go-Ahead can offer you:

  • A full induction to the Group and hosting operating company
  • IMechE membership support 
  • Opportunity to achieve CEng status 
  • Membership to the Young Bus Managers’ Network: 
  • Real responsibility – you’ll be managing teams, dealing with operational challenges and making significant decisions
  • Full support from mentors and specialists to develop your operations management and leadership skills
  • Opportunities to develop and excel – we spend £22million per year on training, so make the most of what is on offer
  • Career progression – a senior manager role within five years
  • Free travel on many of Go-Ahead’s services

Practical information: 

Number of roles available: 1
Start date: September 2019
Location: London, with flexibility to move around regional UK sites
Salary: £25,000pa 

How to apply: 

Apply online by submitting your CV and answering two open-ended questions. We will close the application form on 6th January 2019, however we process applications on a rolling basis so this date may be brought forward. Candidates can expect to undertake a video interview and an assessment centre as part of the recruitment process. Please apply as soon as you can!

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