Network Unlimited

Shape Victorian stations. The UK’s entrepreneurial landscape. And everything in between.

If you thought Network Rail was just about rail, it’s time to think again. Because while we own, manage and develop Britain’s railway – that’s 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and thousands of signals and level crossings – there’s more to our organisation than infrastructure alone.

In fact, this is a surprisingly diverse environment. We’re one of the UK’s biggest land and property owners – and its largest provider of commercial business space for SMEs. We’re driving the growth of rail freight, an industry that’s directly contributing £870 million to the economy every year (as well as massively reducing CO2 emissions). We rent out our old railway arches to new start-ups, and we even have our own – a click and collect service called Doddle.

We have 600,000sq ft of retail space. Our own app store. A dedicated recycling centre. We get people to international events and to all sorts of smaller ones. We’re revitalising entire communities by regenerating old stations. And we’re building brand new facilities at others – the concourse at London Bridge will be bigger than the pitch at Wembley.

Opportunities Unlimited – our graduate programmes

All of this means that you can look forward to wide-reaching opportunities as a graduate with us. You’ll be able to get involved in any number of different projects, and to take your career wherever you want it to go. If you have a particular interest, we’ll encourage you to pursue it.

As well as Placements, we offer three different schemes within our Engineering programme. But although you’ll be joining a specific scheme, you won’t have to follow rigid rotations. Far from it. Your career will be yours to shape.

We’re looking for people who have the passion, the initiative and the drive to build their own network and carve out their own path. You’re going to have a real say in how your role evolves, so you’ll need to be assertive too. If that sounds like you and you can bring a 2:2 in any degree (a relevant degree for Engineering and a RICS-accredited degree for Property), you’ll find that the possibilities for your future are endless.

This really is a Network Unlimited.  

“Railway engineering is an exciting place to be as there is so much room for innovation. The reactive environment means that you can really see the improvements that you make through the work you do.”

Louise Mayne, Mechanical Engineering

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The facts

Member companies have advertised on Gradcracker for at least the last 5 years. As regular advertisers they are ideal for your ‘follow’ shortlist.
20,000 miles of rail, 2,500 stations, 40,000 viaducts, bridges and tunnels and 9,000 level crossings.
Since 2002, we have reduced costs by nearly a third, while running nearly 30% more trains.
Total number of employees 35,000.
Office locations – UK wide.