Colas Rail Graduate Programme – Midland Metro Alliance – Birmingham (Immediate start between now and September 2017)

This Graduate Programme is currently closed to applications

We will re-open applications for our 2018 intake in January 2018.

to be alerted when it reopens.

Formed in July 2016, the Midland Metro Alliance is responsible for implementing a long-term programme of enhancement and development works for the Midland Metro tram system to deliver a lasting legacy for the West Midlands. Colas Rail is one of nine alliance partners, all coming together to deliver this ambitious £1bn 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.

Colas Rail – Our Culture

Colas Rail - Our Culture

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

We are currently recruiting high calibre graduates to join our Graduate Programmes.

There are three main programmes that we recruit for on an annual basis:

Future Leaders Programme

The aim of the programme is to produce high quality leaders, who will be the operational managers of the future. It is a 2-year programme, starting every September, which rotates both nationally and internationally. You can expect rotations across the UK between our different divisions: Rail Infrastructure, Rail Services or Rail Urban, however, in the second year of the graduate programme there is a limited number of opportunities for our high performers to work in Asia between our locations: Malaysia and Vietnam.

Working in the Future Leaders Programme requires a large amount of flexibility and a great team spirit . 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. There will be a great variety in your activities, from technical work to client engagement, combined with a large amount of on-site work.

Commercial Graduate Programme

As a Commercial graduate, you will be enrolled in a 2-year programme, but without the rotations, and with a distinct focus on the Commercial side of our business. Here you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your skills by working towards becoming a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

You will be working closely with our Commercial team but also the experienced operational managers and senior leaders supporting areas such as the delivery of our pre-contract work, the management of existing and the mobilising new contracts client management in one of our divisions such as Rail Services, Rail Infrastructure or Rail Urban.

Technical Graduate Programme

As part of the Technical Graduate Programme you will work in a technical and operational role with a distinct focus on the engineering side of our business, working closely with our experienced engineers and senior management on improving the UK rail system in divisions such as Rail Services, Rail Infrastructure or Rail Urban.

Here, you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your skills and to work towards becoming a Chartered Engineer in one of our many disciplines: Civils & Pway (Track), Electrical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering Surveying.

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 
We accept applications from graduates in any discipline. Examples include: all forms of engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and others), Business Management, Mathematics, Geography, Quantity Surveying

Commercial Programme 
We are looking for: qualified quantity surveyors but we will also accept applications from any other discipline provided that you show interest in a commercial career in the rail industry.

Technical Programme 
We are looking for: individuals from engineering backgrounds with a strong desire to pursue development in the railway industry.

We are strong supporters of equal opportunities, and seek applications from all graduates, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, nationality, disabilities, marital status or sexual orientation.

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.

Winner of the 2015 UK Rail Industry Awards in the Graduate Scheme category.


  • Cash Health Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension scheme
  • Buying and selling annual leave 

This Graduate Programme is currently closed to applications

We will re-open applications for our 2018 intake in January 2018.

to be alerted when it reopens.

Opportunity Overview

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Minimum Degree: 2:1
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Region: West Midlands
  • Type: Graduate Programme

Other benefits...

  • Cash Health Plan
  • Buying and selling annual leave
  • Pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Disciplines accepted...

  • Aerospace
  • Building Services
  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Civil
  • Computer & IT
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Geology
  • Hardware
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials/Minerals
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Science
  • Software
  • Structural
  • Systems

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