Our 70-20-10 learning model defines our approach to graduate engagement and development:
We want to give you every opportunity to learn about our business by working in our business. So, we’ll work with our colleagues across Bus and Rail to provide placements, projects and experiences to meet your specific needs and our business priorities. Here, you’ll gain a unique blend of knowledge, skills, stretch and insight.
We know how vital insight and self-awareness are for ongoing development. So, our specific activities will enable you to build a picture of your capabilities through feedback and coaching. All kinds of people from your line manager to mentors to project managers will help you to build on your strengths and weaknesses to become an all-round great performer.
To make sure you know what to do in key situations and how to do it, we’ll provide you with all kinds of training that will help you develop your skills and gain vital knowledge. Our modules will meet your changing development needs, from learning how to manage absence and write reports to improving your negotiation, influencing and presentation skills. You will attend a range of courses delivered internally and externally to aid your development and equip you with the skills needed to perform in a variety of different roles.
You’ll be actively encouraged to take ownership for your development programme and your career at FirstGroup. We want to enable you to drive your own learning the way you want to. And we’ll make our expectations clear at your induction.
Your tailored PDP will be at the heart of your development. It’s a dynamic document that will travel with you throughout your 2-year programme. It all starts at our assessment centre where we gain a detailed picture of your personal strengths and development actions. And then it’s constantly reviewed and updated to enable you and us to decide where to take your learning next.
Once you’ve successfully completed the two-year training scheme, you’ll move into your first permanent role, you will be fully supported in doing so and will continue to use your Mentor after the graduate programme has been completed as and when required. We provide everybody here with a diverse range of training opportunities and access to workplace learning. We’re very proud of our great learning facilities that enable us all to brush up on our skills and learn some new ones.