Future Leaders Programme

Colas Rail is currently recruiting high calibre graduates to join our Graduate Programme.

Colas Rail is responsible for delivering major projects and maintenance frameworks for Network Rail. The brand is well established, 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.

Cate – Future Leaders Programme

Cate – Future Leaders Programme

The Programme

The Colas Rail Future Leaders Graduate Programme is a 2-year programme, starting every September, which rotates between our different divisions; Rail Infrastructure, Rail Services and Rail Urban. In these divisions, you will be working under our senior managers as a graduate trainee to complete various projects, from relaying track in the South East, working on a multi-disciplinary project such as the high profile Wessex project, or supporting delivery in our Freight or Plant team, and anything in-between.

Working on the Future Leaders Programme requires a large amount of flexibility and a great team spirit. You will be put in a position of responsibility, where you will have the independence to make your own decisions, in a fast-paced operational environment, as well as working with a variety of colleagues at all levels across the business. You will also be involved in the both the technical aspects of the railway sector and the day-to-day operations of a major company. There will be a great variety in your activities, from technical work to client engagement, combined with a large amount of on-site work.

The programme starts with an induction period of 1-2 weeks in our Head Office in London, after which you will be sent to your first location. You will be expected to complete 3 different rotations around the UK, and therefore will need to move every 6-12 months to a different part of the UK. The aim of the programme is to produce high quality leaders, who will be the operational managers of the future. 

Who We Are Looking For

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. We are also looking for graduates who have behaviours that tie in with our behavioural framework which is our approach to how we deliver the work at Colas Rail:

  • Energy – Get Up and Go Attitude.
  • Energise – Lead and Inspire.
  • Edge – Make Smart Decisions.
  • Execute – Make things Happen.
  • Engage the Client – Stay Close to the Client.

Future Leaders Programme

In the Future Leaders Programme, we are expecting a certain amount of flexibility, as the rotation process requires you to move around the UK.

Examples of degrees of graduates in our Future Leaders Programme include:

  • All forms of engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and others).
  • Mathematics.
  • Quantity Surveying.

 Moreover, we are happy to receive applications from graduates in all kinds of disciplines.

The application process

The selection process goes through several stages. Once you have submitted your application we ask you to undertake various psychometric tests. Following this we request a pre-selection video interview. Following this, if successful, you will be invited to an assessment day.


  • Healthshield Cash Health Care Scheme.
  • Aegon Pension: employee contribution 5% employer contribution 6%
  • Season Ticket Loan.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Sodexo Child Care Vouchers.



Opportunity Overview

  • Closing Date: May 31st, 2018
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Accepting: 2:1 and above
  • Opportunity: Graduate Programme
  • Location: UK Wide

Other benefits...

  • Sodexo Child Care Vouchers
  • Healthshield Cash Health Care Scheme
  • Aegon Pension: employee contribution 5% employer contribution 6%
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Disciplines accepted...

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials/Minerals
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Process
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Structural

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