FirstGroup almost doubles its number of new graduates with 50% of them female

 

18 graduates have joined FirstGroup’s graduate development programme this year

 

This month has seen 18 recent university graduates begin their careers in the transport industry after they joined FirstGroup’s graduate development programme.

The graduates have already begun a comprehensive workplace development programme that will see them gain experience in multiple location across the transport operator’s rail and bus operations.

The induction for graduates began at the company’s learning centre in Huddersfield, after which they will join their respective business areas in finance, engineering, or operations management

FirstGroup has significantly increased the size of its programme for 2018, with 18 graduates joining the scheme, compared to 10 in 2017 and 50% of them female. A total of 2,796 applications were received for this year’s programme.

Dervla McKay, a former graduate, was appointed managing director of FirstGroup’s Aircoach business in April 2018. Following her initial training, McKay progressed through a range of operational and management roles within First Bus, eventually becoming head of operations for First Hampshire, Dorset & Berkshire, before moving to her present role with Aircoach.

The experience that I gained in those early days has been invaluable throughout my career and has undoubtedly helped me progress towards my current leadership role

Commenting on her time as a trainee, she said: “The experience that I gained in those early days has been invaluable throughout my career and has undoubtedly helped me progress towards my current leadership role.”

Samantha Humphries, FirstGroup’s graduate programme manager, said: “Our graduates receive hands-on experience, technical training and mentoring that is amongst the best in the industry. It means they are perfectly positioned for a long and successful career in transport.”

 

This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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