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Graduate routes into our business

At FirstGroup, we keep people and communities moving in a busy, non-stop world. Last year, around two billion people relied on our services to visit family and friends or get to work, school or college.

It’s an enormous challenge, which is why we need graduates to join our business, operations and engineering functions. In the UK, you can join our Group, Bus or Rail divisions, which each offer different expertise, geography and customers – but share the same values. Every role offers great perks, training and support, plus the chance to build new strengths, grow your career and get to grips with some exciting challenges.

Start your career journey here.

How to apply

Here are the stages of our graduate recruitment process. We’ll update you on the progress of your application by email, so keep an eye on your inbox.

Stage 1 - Application

Fill in a short application online before 2nd January 2019. Do it earlier if you can – we get stacks of applications.

Stage 2 – Online Tests

The next stage is a number of online tests. Normally you will have a week to complete them.

Stage 3 – Video Interviews

If you pass stages 1 and 2 – well done! Now it’s onto a video interview. It’s a chance to find out a bit more about you, so you’ll need to find a quiet spot to talk.

Stage 4 - Assessment

If you’re successful up to this point, we’ll invite you to an Assessment Centre. These are held in early Spring at various locations and we will inform you of the details when invited. Enjoy a chance to shine in various exercises designed to showcase your strengths and bring out the best in you.

Stage 5 – Offer

Soon after your assessment, you'll find out if you’ve got an offer. If the answer’s yes, congratulations! You’ll start in September 2019.


We get too many applications to give everyone detailed feedback. But if you’re not successful at the Assessment Centre, we will try to explain our decision. This may help you if you decide to apply to FirstGroup again in the future.


If you consider yourself to have a disability, we’ll make every effort to make any reasonable adjustments to our selection process. Along with the ‘Equality Act 2010’, we define disability as ‘a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial long-term adverse effect on the person's ability to perform normal day-to-day activities.’ Just ensure you contact us to discuss your needs!

Your medical

Before your training starts, you will need to take a medical examination. This will make sure that you’re fit enough to take part in your various placements. The medical is only for people on certain programmes. As part of your medical you’ll be required to undergo Drugs & Alcohol screening.