A graduate is now getting to grips with the running of a bus depot as she takes on the role of assistant operations manager with local bus operator, Stagecoach North East.
Chloe Gray has been welcomed on board at the Stockton depot and joins the team as part of the company’s Graduate Training Programme, where she has just started her second year of training.
As assistant operations manager, the 23-year-old, from Aberdeen, will oversee the daily running of the depot as she progresses with her training and development, whilst receiving support from a dedicated mentor.
Duties include assessing the operations on a daily basis, dealing with incidents and queries, recruitment and staff management, as well as liaison with engineering.
The training programme aims to recognise, nurture and encourage the best in the transport industry, with the graduate benefitting from hands-on experience combined with comprehensive classroom theory tuition.
Chloe spent the first year of her training based at Stagecoach Oxford, where she worked within different departments at various depots, experiencing marketing, commercial, engineering and operations roles.
After graduating from Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh with a business degree, Chloe considered a career in HR but also wanted to work in operations, an aspect of her degree she really enjoyed.
She said: “When I was applying for jobs in my final year at university, Stagecoach’s website popped up on its careers page with their Graduate Training Programme which featured the operations and HR element combined so I applied for the placement and got it.
“I really enjoy talking and meeting people as part of the job and even the challenges this job brings, as some days push you more than others.”
Colin Newbury, operations director at Stagecoach North East, added: “Our Graduate Training Programme helps to develop the next generation of managers and directors for Stagecoach and we embrace the fresh thinking, creative ideas and energy that they bring.
“Chloe will be an asset to the Stockton depot and will help maintain the crucial public transport network across the Tees Valley. We wish her all the best in the next stage of her career.”