Rail Sector Guide

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  • The UK is the original pioneer of railway development. Today, its rail network includes over 2,500 stations and 20,000 miles of track – along with thousands of bridges, tunnels, viaducts, signals and level crossings.
  • Almost 250,000 people are employed in the rail sector.
  • Without an efficient rail network, the UK’s transport infrastructure would be unable to function, and every year the demand for rail travel increases. People across the country rely on trains to go about their daily lives – with trips to and from work and school making up over half of all train journeys in England.
  • Billions of pounds are being invested in our railways each year, and highly skilled people are needed to help guide Britain’s rail network into the future.
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Sponsored by Network Rail
  • Network Rail operates and develops Britain’s railway infrastructure – from rail tracks to signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings and many key stations.
  • It is constructing new, cutting-edge rail systems, whilst improving the extensive existing network that is relied on by millions of people each day.
  • Network Rail’s train lines are connecting communities, and its transformational developments are helping to regenerate towns, cities, and businesses.
  • It has been involved in some of Europe’s largest engineering projects, such as Thameslink, Crossrail, and Birmingham New Street Station.

Network Rail Hub on Gradcracker

We hosted a webinar with Network Rail, which you can watch on their Gradcracker hub. Gain a thorough insight into the company’s recruitment process from one of its recruiters, and hear from some of its graduates about their journeys so far.

Help create a world-class railway

The huge scope and scale of Network Rail’s operations means there are incredibly varied opportunities for students and graduates. Discover the range of programmes available by clicking the ‘Placements’ and ‘Graduate Jobs’ tabs.

Make a difference to rail travel in Britain

If you’re thinking of applying to Network Rail, there are several videos on their hub that guide you through the process – from choosing the right opportunity for you, to interview hints and tips.

Network Rail is looking for people to discover which areas of the business they are most passionate about and to carve out their own career path.

Join Network Rail and start your career journey.

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Rail – Infrastructure
Sponsored by Colas Rail
  • Colas Rail is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services.
  • The company has constructed all forms of railways across Europe and the UK.
  • It works on some of the continent’s most high-profile projects, including the delivery of major enhancement and maintenance frameworks for Network Rail.
  • It is also delivering major schemes in North Africa, Asia and North America.
  • Developing people is key to Colas Rail’s operational success, with 25% of its leaders progressing through the company’s graduate schemes.

Colas Rail Hub on Gradcracker

Colas Rail has an outstanding track record of developing careers and fast-tracking career prospects. Head to their Gradcracker hub to find out how you could become a future programme Delivery Manager, Senior Engineer, or Commercial Manager.

The journey to success

The ‘Videos’ page has some really useful content if you’re thinking about applying to Colas Rail. You can hear more about what sets their graduate schemes apart from others in the industry, and learn about the exciting projects you could be working on.

You can also listen to Colas Rail’s Head of Career & Development talking about how you can achieve the journey to success, and listen to the experiences of current and past graduates.

The opportunities are huge

If you’d like to know more about what’s involved in joining Colas Rail, ‘Our Graduate Schemes’ tells you all about the programmes and application criteria.

So, to fast-track your career with one of the biggest contractors in the rail industry, apply to Colas Rail.

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