Our Graduate Programme

We offer global employment opportunities.

Colas Rail has an outstanding track record of graduate programmes to fill the skills gap facing the rail industry in the UK and offers global employment opportunities.

We build our own talent and develop them on fast track graduate schemes and this in turn results in loyal and passionate employees who deliver brilliantly for our customers. We can demonstrate this approach on our alliance contracts such as S&C, Wessex Capacity Alliance and the Midland Metro Alliance where it produces fantastic results.

Developing people is key to our operational success, with 25% of our leaders progressing through our Graduate Schemes.

The Graduate & Apprentice programmes we run are equally as important to closing the skills gap facing the industry. At Colas Rail we believe the investment made in training and development is vital to maintaining competitive advantage and we are committed to utilising training and development to ensure that every possible opportunity is available to our staff.

Leading by our values

We are one of the world’s leading providers of rail infrastructure services with a great reputation within the rail industry and the business is growing at an impressive rate. Joining Colas Rail is a real opportunity to establish yourself within one of the UK’s most heavily invested sectors, with a company that is going places.

We have a standing tradition of developing talent and giving our graduates the opportunity to take their career in their own hands.

We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who can work both independently and in a team. For all our Graduate Programmes we are looking for at least a 2:1 from a reputable University and the ability to stand out, by internships, university successes or extracurricular activities.

FAQ's 

How many graduates do you take on? 

How many graduates do you take on? 

Across all 3 programmes we take on between 15 and 20 new graduates a year.

Is it possible to complete the graduate programme in one area? 

Is it possible to complete the graduate programme in one area? 

In the Future Leaders Programme you will be required to move at least three times in two years, so we are looking for candidates who show flexibility in their location as by doing this you will gain the most experience across all our business streams.

When will I know where my rotation is? 

When will I know where my rotation is? 

The Career & Development team will meet with you every 3 months along with your current manager to discuss how you are achieving in your current rotation and at the mid rotation stage we discuss future moves, so you will always get 2-3 months’ notice of your next rotation.

Can I choose my rotation? 

Can I choose my rotation? 

e cannot guarantee a placement at the location of your preference as the roles available depend on the openings in our projects and the managers demand for graduates but are flexible and offer you a choice as much as possible.

What kind of support do you provide for graduates when rotating? 

What kind of support do you provide for graduates when rotating? 

Every time you rotate and change location, you will be given a moving allowance.

Can I work on my chartership during the Future Leaders Programme? 

Can I work on my chartership during the Future Leaders Programme? 

Every rotation will provide you with invaluable management and business experience that will tie back to the competencies you are looking to achieve, and in most cases technical experience needed to get chartered. Some rotations might not directly support the technical element as well as others depending on the discipline, however, we do provide support and mentoring throughout the Graduate Programme and beyond if you haven’t had the opportunity to achieve all your competency levels by the end of the programme.

I have absolutely no knowledge on engineering, can I still apply? 

I have absolutely no knowledge on engineering, can I still apply? 

Yes, we do encourage applications from different disciplines for the Future Leaders Programme. If you do not have an engineering background, we will take that into account when allocating your rotations, so you will get rotations focused on the commercial or management side of our company.