World Youth Skills Day

2 months ago Thu 15th Jul 2021

Go-Ahead Ireland operates a two-year graduate scheme. The graduate management scheme helps graduates learn all aspects of operations management, while making decisions that impact millions of passenger’s journeys.

During their time in Go-Ahead Ireland, graduates spend two years working in the different departments to get an understanding of all areas of the business. 

To celebrate the youth skills day, we would like to share the stories of some of our youngest colleagues. Today we have interviewed graduates: Claire McFarland and John Lockwood, each of them at different stages in the program.

Please see their stories below:

 

Claire McFarland

Clare McFarland

What made you want to take part in the Go-Ahead Ireland graduate programme?

Within my degree of Business Management, I studied a range of modules, specifically Operations Management. This interested me and led me to look deeper into the sector, particularly how it is not a typical nine to five job, how no day is the same and you are not always at a desk. Additionally, the challenges and possibilities with sustainable development stood out, therefore the graduate programme in Go-Ahead Ireland was the perfect match.

 

What departments have you spent time in so far?

To date, I have spent the majority of my time in the Operation and Risk Departments. I have also been exposed to the Control Room, spent time out on the network with the Revenue Inspectors and worked alongside the Supervisor for the Additional Capacity run outs.

 

What have you enjoyed most about the programme?

It would have to be the Bus Stop Safety Campaign. This was a campaign we did recently to highlight the skills needed to safely manoeuvre at bus stops. During this campaign, I gained deeper knowledge on bus safety, the risks posed and key elements to focus on going forward within the Risk Team.

 

What have you enjoyed the most about working in Go-Ahead Ireland?

From my first day here, everyone has been very friendly. I have also enjoyed moving from department gaining an insight to the workings of the business.

 

What advice would you have for anyone considering applying for the graduate scheme?

If you enjoy getting involved in many varying aspects to business life, with no day being the same, it’s a great programme to be involved with!

 

John Lockwood

John Lockwood

 

What made you want to take part in the Go-Ahead Ireland graduate programme?

When I was graduating from university, I was looking for a job that I would be interested in but would also offer me the carer aspects and opportunities I was looking for. I have always been interested in transport for a young age, so the graduate scheme seemed ideal for me.

 

What departments have you spent time in so far?

In my time with GAI I have rotated around many different departments in the business. I have spent time with Operations, Supervisors, Control and Engineering just to name a few. Each department was very different from one another, but they all interlink with one another.

 

What have you enjoyed most about the programme?

I have enjoyed every moment of being on the graduate programme. Every department which I have spent time in have been very welcoming and shown me how their area of the business operates. Learning from these departments has come in very useful for my current role as an acting AOM.

 

What have you enjoyed the most about working in Go-Ahead Ireland?

I would say everyone has been friendly since I started the scheme and always willing to help out and teach me everything there is to know about each department. For me it is a job which I enjoy going to everyday.

 

As you’re close to the end of the graduate programme, what has been your favourite experience/thing you’ve learned?

There have been so many experiences that have stood out for me. One of these would be gaining my Bus License: it has allowed me to relate to the drivers so that I now understand where they are coming from when they come to me with my problems or queries. In terms of what I have learned on the graduate scheme, I joined Go-Ahead Ireland with a basic understanding of how bus company ran but now I understand all aspects of what goes into running one.

 

What advice would you have for anyone considering applying for the graduate scheme?

For anyone considering the graduate scheme with Go-ahead Ireland I would definitely say it is a unique opportunity unlike any other graduate scheme out there. You get to see all aspects of what goes into running a successful bus company. For me it was a big jump moving over from the UK but I haven’t look back since. My advice would be do your research on the company so that you have an understanding them but also go in with an open mind.