Arriva Plc is among Europe’s biggest transport services providers, operating bus, train, airport transfers, commuter coach and waterbus services across 11 European countries: the UK, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and the Netherlands.
The company was acquired in 2010 by Deutsche Bahn, a worldwide passenger and logistics service provider. The company employs over 35,000 employees and its annual revenue is in excess of three billion pounds.
The company was established in 1938 in Sunderland and was known as Cowie after the founding family. From a single used motorcycle shop, the business expanded into automotive retailing in 1960 and moved into the bus services business in 1980, acquiring the Grey-Green business in 1980; topping it with the acquisition of The British Bus Group Plc in 1996.
The business was renamed Arriva in 1997 and consolidated over 140 transport brands across Europe, including vehicle rentals, commuter coach and rail services.
The company rebranded as a primary provider of bus and rail passenger services in 1999, selling off the automotive retailing, contract hire and vehicle rentals businesses.
Internships & Placements
Arriva does not have a structured work placement on the lines of the graduate programme. However, local offices across the UK may provide short-term work opportunities to meet business requirements and interested students are advised to contact these offices.
Arriva do not currently offer an apprenticeship scheme.
School Leavers Programmes
Salary & Benefits
Graduate trainees receive a starting salary of £22,500–£25,500, dependent on location and the initial benefits package includes a company pension scheme and discounted travel across the UK Arriva network.
Eligibility requirements for the Engineering and General Management Programmes in the UK are the same except for the requirement of an undergraduate degree in Electricity or Mechanical Engineering for the engineering programme.
The requirements are a 2:2 or higher degree, hold a full UK driving licence and possess the necessary permit to live and work in the UK.
Other qualities and skills Arriva looks for in potential employees are: organisational and leadership skills, ability to motivate others, strong oral and written communication skills, flexibility, an ability to cope with work pressures, creative and analytical thinking, self-initiative, a systematic work approach, commercial awareness and focus on client service and engagement.