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Graduate Development Programme





70-20-10 development

Our 70-20-10 learning model defines our approach to graduate engagement and development:

  • 70% learning on-the-job, including rotational placements, job shadowing, providing cover for your line manager and real-life projects and assignments
  • 20% focus on feedback and coaching from line managers, mentors and our HR team
  • 10% formal training, including e-learning, courses, workshops and more.

Learning on-the-job

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.

Feedback and coaching

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.

Formal training

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.

Graduate led - graduate owned

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.

Personal Development Plan (PDP)

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.

Beyond our graduate programme

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.

Ensure the companies goals and values are met, as you grow your skills you will help grow our business too. read more

Starting out with one of the largest bus operators in the UK as a General Management Graduate, how far you’ll go following our two-year programme will be limited only by your own ambition. read more

Developing the skills you need to be a future business leader, you’ll go on a variety of placements and gain hands-on experience in different teams and locations. read more

There are no comfort zones on this two year programme. So you’ll need plenty of drive as you get to grips with real-life projects and embark on a fast-moving learning journey. read more