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Future Talent

As we continue to modernise our train services, infrastructure and working practices, apprentices, graduates and placement students provide a fresh perspective that every organisation needs to thrive. We offer nationally-recognised qualifications for all apprentices and high-level industry qualifications for graduates and placement students. Many of our managers have started their careers with GTR via graduate or apprenticeship roles and we continue to seek out the leaders of tomorrow.

Engineering Apprenticeship Programme

Get your engineering career off to a flying start with the UK’s largest train operator. Our four-stage Engineering Apprenticeship combines college study with hands-on experience of important, stretching work. And it leads to a UK-recognised trade qualification.

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Here’s what you’ll be getting up to:

You’ll build the know-how to maintain our fleet of trains. Although you’ll start by watching our engineers at work, you’ll gradually take on more and more responsibility as your skills grow. And because our trains have all kinds of systems – electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, GPS and so on – you won’t just learn about one area, but many.

What’s in it for you?

  • Free travel on GTR trains (Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Thameslink)
  • Get paid whilst learning at £14,000 PA
  • A UK-recognised trade qualification
  • Great career prospects

Here’s what we want from you:

  • Have a passion for everything either electrical or mechanical engineering
  • Can travel across our network for work and college
  • Have a Level 4 or above in GCSE Maths, English and Science
  • Pass our pre-employment medical

The Go-Ahead Rail Graduate programme

In this scheme, you get full exposure to all elements of the business. You’ll build a well-rounded base of knowledge and will be able to make an informed choice about where you would enjoy completing your first placement after finishing the scheme. Applications for the 2019 scheme have already closed. But you can learn more about our programme – and check for 2020 scheme details