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Evie Carroll is currently doing a placement in engineering in Bath with First Bus shadowing the engineers as they repair buses and prepare vehicles for their MOT testing. Seen in Bath City Centre is new Bath local livery Wright Eclipse Urban-bodied Volvo B7RLE. DAVID OAKLEY

In this first instalment, individuals on the graduate schemes of various operators talk to Jade Smith about their journey so far, having started on the courses late last year

Andrew Higgins, First Bus

My name’s Andrew Higgins, I’m 28 years old, and currently on the First Bus Graduate Finance Management scheme.

I came into the programme with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Lancashire. Before beginning the programme, I spent four years working as a Customer Support Agent for First Bus.

The scheme was brought to my attention by one of my colleagues, who was also applying for a graduate role. Applying for the role was one of the more thorough application processes that I’ve been through. It involved both verbal and numerical reasoning tests, followed by a video interview before attending a rigorous assessment.

I was shortlisted a few weeks before the assessment day in Manchester. The assessment day involved tests such as project planning, presentations, financial analysis, and an interview.[…]

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