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What graduate opportunities are there in the transport sector?

There’s been plenty of headlines lately about how the number of graduate vacancies are increasing – they rose by 17% in 2014 (according to the AGR), and they’ve continued to do so ever since.

Graduates have so many opportunities once they leave university, and some of the industries with the biggest ones are engineering, logistics and the transport sector.

Alongside that 17% increase in graduate vacancies back in 2014, transport and logistics was the industry with the second biggest rise of 29%, with financial services coming top.

Public transport is a growing industry which the government is currently investing a lot of money into – it services millions of people every day, and the need for succession planning in the sector as a whole means companies are keen to work with fresh graduates.

With a starting salary of between £18k and £25k (according to the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport), it’s no surprise that graduates are looking to the transport sector as a fantastic way to start their careers.

So what sort of skills do you need to work in transport and logistics?

There are some roles that require qualifications in specific technical areas like engineering, but the size of many transport companies mean that there’s opportunities for graduates from a range of disciplines.

We’ve worked with national transport provider Go Ahead for several years, and asked them what sort of abilities they look for when hiring graduates:

  • Good communication skills
  • Determination
  • A hard working attitude
  • Adaptable
  • Forward thinking
  • Creative, and able to generate new solutions and ideas

There’s also the need for good analytical skills, the ability to work with people, and to be able to utilise all of these to step quickly into managerial positions.

What can you expect from a transport graduate scheme?

Go Ahead is one of the nation’s leading transport providers, and were looking for bright graduates to bring a new dimension to their company.

We worked with them to devise their graduate scheme, which sees grads enter a year-long course, during which they spend time in almost every department of the business to gain a true understanding of the industry.

As well as getting to meet and manage a huge range of people, they also have lots of support from the Go Ahead team, and the chance to work on their own personal development.

A graduate role in the transport sector is so much more than a job, more than a 9 to 5 – it’s about making a real, positive impact in the lives of millions of people, across the country, and about you being a part of it.

To find out if you’re suitable for any current graduate roles in the transport sector, get in touch with us by emailing hello@gradvert.com today.

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