grad scheme

Stagecoach graduate programmes - fast track your career!

Apply for the Stagecoach UK Bus Graduate Management Programme. You can join either our operational management or engineering management programme. 

Upon successful completion of the programme our graduate trainees progress into their first management roles. In time, you could potentially develop into a Stagecoach Director! 

Our graduate management programmes

Fast-paced, varied, challenging and satisfying — these are all words used to describe our Stagecoach graduate management programmes. 

We offer two programmes – operational management and engineering management.

Operational Management

In our operations management programme, you'll learn how to manage one of our busy bus depots. Each depot is a successful business in its own right. 

In the longer term, you will develop your career to manage progressively bigger depots. You may even become a future Stagecoach Operations Director.

Engineering Management

Our engineering management programme is for engineering graduates who want to become business-focused managers and perhaps a future Stagecoach Engineering Director.

What our programmes cover

Our graduate management programmes last two years and will give you real, hands-on business experience. The on-job training opportunities are complemented by a wide range of off-job management skills development courses.

Year one

In year one, you could be based at any of our UK locations.  Each month, you’ll meet with your mentor who will support and assess your progress.

The structured programme takes you through the different aspects of our business, including: 

  • operational management 
  • engineering management
  • commercial and marketing management 
  • financial management 

You’ll even learn how to drive a bus yourself!  

Year two

In year two, you’ll move to a new location within the UK and take up an assistant management role. 

In your new role, you’ll develop your management skills through structured on-the-job learning and proving yourself as a leader. 

Once you've successfully completed the programme, you’ll progress to become either an operations manager or engineering manager within one of our operating companies. 

From there, your future career progression will be driven by your own ambition and aspirations. You’ll have the opportunity to reach a senior level and maybe even a director role within two years.

What you’ll need

  • for the operational management programme -  you’ll have or expect to gain a 2:2 degree in any subject
  • for the engineering management programme - you’ll have or expect to gain a 2:2 degree in mechanical or automotive engineering
  • fluency in a modern European language would be an advantage but isn't essential 

How to apply

To apply, simply fill in the online graduate recruitment application form . 

Want to find out more about our existing Stagecoach graduates? Meet them on our Stagecoach graduate website.