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FirstGroup plc

As a leading transport operator in the UK and North America, we offer talented graduates exciting futures and many different career routes. As part of our team of 100,000 people, you’ll help to make a big impact on the lives of millions of customers who rely on our rail, bus and tram services.
At FirstGroup, we provide solutions for an increasingly...


As a leading transport operator in the UK and North America, we offer talented graduates exciting futures and many different career routes. As part of our team of 100,000 people, you’ll help to make a big impact on the lives of millions of customers who rely on our rail, bus and tram services.

At FirstGroup, we provide solutions for an increasingly congested world... keeping people moving and communities prospering. To meet the transport challenges of tomorrow, we’re looking for future leaders to join us in our business, operations or engineering functions. Here, you could look forward to great perks, training and support, as you develop new strengths, grow your career and get to grips with new challenges.

Last year around two billion people relied on our services to visit family and friends or get to work, school or college. Every day, our team works hard together in all kinds of roles to provide vitally important services for our customers. In the UK, you can join either our group, bus or train divisions that all share the same values, but are different in terms of expertise, geography, customers and the mix of contract and passenger revenue. Start your career journey here.

Engineering
London, GB
100,000 employees

FirstGroup plc

As a leading transport operator in the UK and North America, we offer talented graduates exciting futures and many different career routes. As part of our team of 100,000 people, you’ll help to make a big impact on the lives of millions of customers who rely on our rail, bus and tram services.
At FirstGroup, we provide solutions for an increasingly...


As a leading transport operator in the UK and North America, we offer talented graduates exciting futures and many different career routes. As part of our team of 100,000 people, you’ll help to make a big impact on the lives of millions of customers who rely on our rail, bus and tram services.

At FirstGroup, we provide solutions for an increasingly congested world... keeping people moving and communities prospering. To meet the transport challenges of tomorrow, we’re looking for future leaders to join us in our business, operations or engineering functions. Here, you could look forward to great perks, training and support, as you develop new strengths, grow your career and get to grips with new challenges.

Last year around two billion people relied on our services to visit family and friends or get to work, school or college. Every day, our team works hard together in all kinds of roles to provide vitally important services for our customers. In the UK, you can join either our group, bus or train divisions that all share the same values, but are different in terms of expertise, geography, customers and the mix of contract and passenger revenue. Start your career journey here.

Engineering
London, GB
100,000 employees
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Paul Siaens

Graduate Resourcing and Development Partner

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Paul is the Graduate Resourcing and Development Partner for FirstGroup. He Has been working to establish First as an employer of choice among UK students interested in a diverse and changing industry the keeps customers at the heart of what it does. So if you have a...

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Operations Management Graduate

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“Before uni, I wanted to work for a large multinational company, so I chose a degree in International Business. I was really interested in helping companies expand abroad, and in moving around myself rather than staying in one location and FirstGroup will help me do that.”
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Finance Management Graduate

Rose

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Interesting to know

We operate five divisions which draw on common skills and expertise, but which are
varied by geography, customer base and a mix of contract backed and passenger revenue. Our broad footprint in the UK and North America gives us profound experience of two of the most developed markets in the world for transport services, and this breadth of expertise across different...


We operate five divisions which draw on common skills and expertise, but which are
varied by geography, customer base and a mix of contract backed and passenger revenue. Our broad footprint in the UK and North America gives us profound experience of two of the most developed markets in the world for transport services, and this breadth of expertise across different regulatory and contractual structures. This means we can be confident that, whatever the specific transport challenge is, somewhere across our business we have already identified and implemented a solution which will work.

First Student:
First Student is the largest provider of student transportation in North America – twice the size of the next largest competitor. Industry-leading safety programmes, strong customer relationships and service record are key differentiators.

First Transit:
First Transit is one of the largest private sector providers of public transit management and contracting in North America. Within it, our First Vehicle Services arm is one of the largest private sector providers of vehicle maintenance and related support services in North America.

Greyhound:
The only national operator of scheduled intercity coaches in the US and Canada, with a unique nationwide network and iconic brand.

First Bus:
First Bus is one of the largest bus operators in the UK, transporting 1.6m passengers a day, with a fifth of the market outside London. We deliver tailored networks and fares to reflect the needs of local communities.

First Rail:
First Rail is one of the UK’s most experienced rail operators, carrying more than 260m passengers across three franchises and our open access operation.


We operate five divisions which draw on common skills and expertise, but which are
varied by geography, customer base and a mix of contract backed and passenger revenue. Our broad footprint in the UK and North America gives us profound experience of two of the most developed markets in the world for transport services, and this breadth of expertise across different regulatory and contractual structures. This means we can be confident that, whatever the specific transport challenge is, somewhere across our business we have already identified and implemented a solution which will work.

First Student:
First Student is the largest provider of student transportation in North America – twice the size of the next largest competitor. Industry-leading safety programmes, strong customer relationships and service record are key differentiators.

First Transit:
First Transit is one of the largest private sector providers of public transit management and contracting in North America. Within it, our First Vehicle Services arm is one of the largest private sector providers of vehicle maintenance and related support services in North America.

Greyhound:
The only national operator of scheduled intercity coaches in the US and Canada, with a unique nationwide network and iconic brand.

First Bus:
First Bus is one of the largest bus operators in the UK, transporting 1.6m passengers a day, with a fifth of the market outside London. We deliver tailored networks and fares to reflect the needs of local communities.

First Rail:
First Rail is one of the UK’s most experienced rail operators, carrying more than 260m passengers across three franchises and our open access operation.


Our vision is to provide solutions for an increasingly congested world...
keeping people moving and communities prospering.

Dedicated to safety:
- Always front of mind, safety is our way of life.

Committed to our customers:
- We keep our customers at the heart of everything we do.

Supportive of each other:
- We trust each other to deliver and work to help one another succeed.

Accountable for performance:
- Every decision matters, we do the right thing to achieve our goals.

Setting the highest standards:
- We want to be the best, continually seeking a better way to do things.


You’ll soon discover that there’s so much more to life at FirstGroup than simply doing a job. We’re all part of one big family that works hard and supports each other to help millions of people travel to thousands of different destinations. So, you’ll need plenty of drive, determination and dedication. Providing innovative solutions that keep people moving 24/7 in an increasingly congested world is a major challenge. But it’s a challenge we love and look forward to every single day.

As we take the safety and satisfaction of our customers very seriously - we want the best people to join our family. So, not only will we look after you with great rewards and hundreds of different career routes, we’ll provide the training you need to be the best you can be. At FirstGroup, your ideas will be listened to. And you’ll be expected to always give 100% and get stuck into all kinds of different challenges. It’s not for everyone. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

From drivers, route planners and customer service teams to engineers and cleaners everyone at FirstGroup has a lead role to play in our success. We’ve some exciting plans for the future. So, join us on our journey. It starts here.


South Yorkshire - Bus Operations Management Graduate
"The FirstGroup graduate scheme can really help you decide what type of career you want to build after uni – even if you don’t know anything about the industry."


Key Facts
FirstGroup at a Glance
- We have 100,000 employees across the Group
- We have revenues of approximately £6.4bn a year
- We carry 2.1 billion passengers a year
- We operate, manage or maintain combined fleets of 50,000 vehicles

First Bus
- 1.6 million passengers per day
- Serves two thirds of the UK's 15 largest conurbations
- 5,800 buses

First Rail
- 260 million passengers in 2017/18
- Operate more than 400 stations
- Around 7.4bn passenger miles travelled last year

First Student
- More than 460 operating locations across the US and Canada
- 1,100 contracts, typically three to five year duration
- Five million student journeys per school day
- 44,000 buses

First Transit
- More than 310 operating locations across the US and Canada
- Also operations in Puerto Rico, Panama and India
- 330 contracts
- More than 340 million passengers a year
- Own or operate more than 12,600 vehicles, and maintain a further 35,000

Greyhound
- 4,000 destinations offering 50,000 city pair journey combinations across our unique nationwide network
- First international coach operator to launch domestic services in Mexico
- 6,000 employees
- 17 million passengers a year
- More than five billion passenger miles a year
- 1,600 vehicles in our fleet

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