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The company, which operates intercity train operator TransPennine Express (TPE), has opened up applications for its engineering, finance management and general management programmes.
Successful applicants will receive hands-on experience, technical training and mentoring, as part of an action-packed leadership development programme.
The rail industry in the North is currently experiencing unprecedented levels of growth and TPE is keen to attract a young and more diverse workforce which represents the communities it serves.
There are currently seven graduates working for TPE in areas including customer service and commercial.
Samantha Humphries, FirstGroup’s Graduate Programme Manager, said: “We work in an exciting, and fast moving, sector and that’s why we’re investing in new talent; to make sure we always benefit from fresh ideas and new perspectives.
“The scheme is ideal for graduates who want to fast-track themselves towards senior management positions. They will work in a variety of locations, meet thousands of new people, and quickly gain the experience they need to build an exciting career in an ever-moving industry.”
James Frost, who joined the graduate programme in 2014 and now works for TransPennine Express managing a team of train drivers based in Sheffield said: “The FirstGroup graduate scheme is an unbelievable two-year journey filled with opportunities and exposure to the industry. We had complete ownership of our experience; something I took full advantage of by completing placements with Network Rail and London Underground.”
Sutopa Paul, a graduate engineer, describes her journey so far: “The initial months involved getting my hands dirty and working with technicians to understand how the systems are managed. I even had the chance to drive a vehicle for two weeks.
“I’m currently managing a team of engineers. I would never have imagined that I’d be in such a responsible role so early in my career.”