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5 things you didn't know about TfGM's IS team

In the transport sector, you have to keep moving. That’s also true of our technology, and it’s been an exciting few years…

Our capabilities have increased monumentally, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of wider trends in the industry. We put this all down to our team, and the way we support their development.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is always looking to nurture the best tech talent of the future. But what’s it like to work for us?

Here are five things that you may not know about the team behind our tech:

1. We have our eyes on the horizon

Ambitious goals should be the driving force behind any organisation. As part of Greater Manchester’s 2040 Transport Strategy and Delivery Plan, for instance, we’re figuring out how to offer personalised tickets, suited to each individual passenger’s unique requirements. Smart systems will back this up. Big Data will allow us to monitor live departure times, maintenance situations and prices, so that exact journey details can be composed in a microsecond.

2. We’re innovating with the Tameside Interchange

Ashton-under-Lyne has been long due an update to its travel. TfGM is finalising the new, impeccably modern Tameside Interchange, and it promises to set an example for bus stations across the UK. The list of additions is huge: we’re building a comms room, a fibre connections link, several networked office spaces, full CCTV coverage, and a passenger information display that uses real-time data to provide updates as soon as they occur.

3. Bolton Interchange is one of our favourite projects

The second facility we’d like to mention is Bolton Interchange: first opened in1838, we’re now utterly rejuvenated it for the 21st century. We wanted to boost the local economy through better links and networked provisions. To do so, we’ve designed real-time passenger information, help points to get you where you want to be, and a ‘skylink’ bridge crossing from rail platforms to bus stations. The Metroshuttle service is also 100% free, giving travellers a convenient route to Bolton Market.

4. New starters begin (technically) online

Tons of employers dip their toes into e-learning modules. But TfGM does it better than most. Those who join our team benefit from our induction e-learning module, available virtually. Your ongoing development is supported by webinars, experiential learning, project work and informal knowledge sharing, working with senior staff for guidance. It’s all about creating a conversation – and a classroom – that helps to ensure our team is fully aware of our values and aims.

5. We support your growth and wellbeing

At TfGM, we like to treat our technical experts well; your mental and physical health is paramount to us. We offer childcare vouchers to anyone who needs them, so your work commitments never affect your family. We have an employee assistance initiative, there if you ever need free face-to-face counselling. And our leaders and managers always have the learning and development of their teams in mind. If you’re happier, we’re happier – that’s a no-brainer.

The above is just a snippet of what you can look forward to when you apply to work with TfGM.

We’re doing some incredible work – made possible only by supporting those at the centre of it. By joining our mission, you’ll be welcomed into a fantastic culture and become an essential part of making the changes that will have a real impact on Britain.

Take a look at our current vacancies, and find out more about what it’s like to work for our organisation.