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Alstom has welcomed the 2014 intake of 17 new graduates, with eight of the new recruits joining the Grid sector, five join Thermal Power and four join Transport.

During Alstoms two-year Graduate Programme, graduates will rotate around various departments and functions within their respective sector in order to gain a well-rounded understanding of the business and to develop a strong network of contacts.

Terence Watson, UK Country President, is proud to welcome the young people into the business.

He said: Our workforce combines highly skilled and experienced employees with young recruits who represent the next generation of experts. The Graduate Programme is a fantastic opportunity for graduate trainees to develop their technical and managerial skills and competencies as a strong basis on which to progress their career within Alstom.

Earlier this month the new intake came together at a special induction event to learn more about the whole Alstom business, meet some of the senior management team, and to hear first hand from some current or previous graduates about their experiences.

Jak Bannister has joined the Transport Sector after graduating from Stafford University.He said: I chose to join Alstom because of the sheer scope of its industry and size. A friends father works for Alstom so I knew of the career and personal development opportunities.

Oxford Brookes University graduate Alistair Grice has joined the Power Sector. He said: I decided to go into Engineering as its quite maths and science based and I like problem solving. Im really looking forward to getting stuck in with Alstom. Ill soon be visiting Cottam Power Station, so its nice to be in the thick of it instead of sitting in the office.

After joining as an apprentice five years ago, Tom Wright was successful in gaining a place on the Graduate Programme in the Grid Sector.

He said: I originally joined Alstom as an apprentice because while at school; I enjoyed science and was able to gain some practical engineering experience. I decided to move into a graduate role as Im extremely interested in the project work that I will undertake in year two.