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Arriva is a pan-European public transport operator delivering over 1.5 billion passenger journeys per year.

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About Arriva

It isn't simply its size and scale that makes Arriva interesting; it's the challenges it faces in the transport industry. Arriva was founded in 1997, bringing together many different company backgrounds under the Arriva flag. So, if you're looking for a rewarding career in which you can contribute to an industry that plays a pivotal role in society, Arriva would like to hear from you.

Your Career

Nurturing Talent

Arriva is as good as the people who work here. We are proud of our committed team and together we are always focused on the future. If you have thhe right skills, passion and commitment, you are welcome. So why not join us?

We already employ around 55,000 people in 14 countries and it's not all about buses and trains. We also provide commuter coach, water bus and airport transport services with bus and coach distribution and non-emergency patient transport.

What to expect

Expect a warm welcome when you arrive. But don't expect to be wrapped in cotton wool - Arriva wants you involved from the start. It all begins with an introduction to the transport industry, the Arriva Group and the Arriva division you join.

We offer two graduate trainee roles: in general management and engineering management. During the 18-month programme our graduates meet and work with senior people across the company. It is this access to expertise that means they learn to understand operational issues, recognise our business needs and dicover what it takes to deliver success.

Importantly, our graduates gain exposure to significant responsibility early in their careers. They learn to respond to high expectations, tough operational issues, conflicting priorities and tight schedules.

So if you're looking for your career to start as soon as your student dats end and if you know that hard work pays dividens, then take a look a the Arriva graduate programme and become part of Europe's growing transport leader.

Customer focus, commercial awareness and flexbility: all the things we look for in our graduates.


You can expect on-the-job training as well as more formal training - giving you the chance to hone your skills as a future leader. It'll be a challenge, but you'll be supported all the way.

After your initial induction to your Arriva division and the Arriva Group, you'll start working through your Personal Development Plan, supported by a Mentor from your division for the duration of the programme. On-the-job, you'll be trained on the technical side of the business - this could be anything from learning new systems, acquiring knowledge or even learning to drive a bus. Off-the-job training sessions will be held regularly throughout your programme, helping you develop business skills in project management, financial awareness and people management. At Arriva, your learning will never stop.

Arriva greatly values its employees and therefore provides insightful and engaging training and development for its trainees.

Examples of its initiatives include:

  • structured, on-the-job training and induction programmes
  • personal development plans
  • in-house learning centres
  • access to vocational training
  • an online learning and development resource
  • leadership, management and supervisory development initiatives
  • a graduate development programme.

Many of our UK operations have achieved Investors in People accreditation, in recognition of their commitment to employees. It makes sense to Arriva to invest in it's employees, after all it is it's people who are central to it's success.

What does the future hold?

Your career at Arriva can take you wherever you want to go as a future leader of this growing international business.

By the end of the 18 month programme you will be in a position of significant responsibility. For some of you, that might be as a Depot Manager or Station Manager. For others, it might be a Project Manager or Customer Services Manager. Whatever the role, this will be your first chance to really prove your worth.

From there, the sky's the limit. If you are willing to take advantage of new oppportunities and your performance levels are excellent, then you could make it to a Regional or Area Manager within 3 to 5 years. Within 7 years, you should be in a position of senior management and well on your way to becoming the next Arriva Executive Director.