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Engineering Graduate Scheme (North) - Arriva UK Trains (Graduate engineering job)

Job in Crewe, United Kingdom

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English (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 1 years

Start date

1 September 2020

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At Arriva, you’ll be joining one of the largest providers of passenger transport in Europe; employing around 60,000 people and delivering more than 2.2 billion passenger journeys across 14 European countries each year! We are focussed on delivering a great customer experience, and we recognise that the Arriva Engineers are a vital part of our business. If you’re mechanically minded and passionate about delivering excellence, this could be the scheme for you!


What does our Graduate Engineer Programme look like?

As an Arriva Engineering Graduate, you’ll complete a 24-month programme which is designed to develop your skillset in order to become one of our future leaders. During the programme, you will be given exposure into different business areas through strategic rotations, giving you a unique insight into our business and allowing you to work with a range of our inspiring leaders across the business.

This is a fast paced, hands on role where you will be exposed to the grass roots level of engineering straight away; real world, real time engineering whilst at the same time developing unparalleled managerial skills.

Working as an Engineering Graduate you’ll be exposed to all aspects of the business, spending time on the shop floor repairing trains, learning the ropes of supervising the workshop, agreeing budgets, allocating and planning work, all whilst dealing with external and internal stakeholders

The type of projects, tasks, rotations and responsibilities that you will take on during the programme are vast but will include:

  • Gaining an experience of our fleet – spending time at depots to work on refurbishment and modifications of trains
  • Timetabling and Diagramming – Amending timetables to suit Arriva’s business needs or planning for special events
  • Working with our drivers and instructors to gain an insight into how a train is operated
  • Spending time within different departments, including; Customer Service, Commercial, Finance and HR Teams to give you a broader understanding of the Arriva business

What’s in it for you?

  • A great starting salary
  • A nationally recognised and well-established Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme (REGS)
  • Mentoring from our most successful leaders across different areas of the business
  • An abundance of exposure into all areas of the business
  • Quarterly reviews with a dedicated Arriva Team Member to ensure your graduate journey is being maximised
  • Constant Training and Development
  • 33 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
  • Overseas training and work experience opportunities


What are we looking for?

We are looking for curious and forward-thinking graduates with an Engineering background, who hold a high degree of self-motivation to join our vibrant and well-established Engineering Graduate programme. To be successful in your application to join our Arriva Engineering Graduate Scheme, you’ll need:

  • To have, or be expecting a minimum 2:1 degree in an Engineering discipline, preferably mechanical or automotive
  • To be ambitious – constantly question the norm and provide new ideas
  • The flexibility to be nationally / internationally mobile
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage at all levels internally and externally within a diverse multi-cultural environment.
  • To be results driven with an innovative mindset – as one of our future leaders you’ll need to drive operational excellence.
  • To see feedback and setbacks as opportunities to learn and improve
  • An interest in trains will definitely help!
  • The right to work within the UK – Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any sponsorship.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a difference in a global business apply now to be one of the candidates to start the Arriva Engineering Graduate Programme in September 2020.

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Arriva is one of the largest providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing more than 60,000 people and delivering more than 2.2 billion passenger journeys across 14 European countries each year.
We operate a wide range of services including local buses, inter-urban commuter coaches, local, regional and national train services, trams and light rail, waterbuses, demand response, and non-emergency patient transport.
Arriva is part of Deutsche Bahn (DB) and is responsible for DB's regional passenger transport services outside Germany.

60,000 employees

What employees are saying

Barbara Knez

Graduate from Slovenia

Barbara Knez

The Graduate Programme not only allows you to get to know Arriva, but it also helps you to get to know yourself and discover our own talents, which is a really motivating experience!

Bart Rinsma


Bart Rinsma

Extensive guidance during the Arriva Graduate Programme supports my development. The programme also offers many opportunities by exploring different sides of the business in a relatively short period of time.