Graduate Opportunity

Commercial Graduate Programme

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Job description

The Colas Rail Graduate Schemes are two-year fast track training programmes, which will jumpstart your career and begin to provide you with the all the technical and managerial skills that you will need to realise your potential. We are committed to developing our employees and building our own talent, this in turn results in loyal and passionate employees who really care and deliver brilliantly for our customers.

We are currently looking for ambitious recent or experienced graduates to join our Commercial programme. As a Commercial graduate with Colas Rail, you will be enrolled in a two-year graduate programme, with a focus on the commercial side of our business. You can expect to be working closely with our operational teams and senior management on improving the UK rail systems. Throughout your programme we will support you via bespoke training and development, giving you the opportunity to learn and continuously develop the skills and knowledge required to become a Quantity Surveyor.

It is very important to us that you only think of your 2-year graduate scheme as the very start of your journey with Colas Rail because this is going to be just the beginning of an exciting, challenging and very rewarding career.

On Track for the Future

Colas Rail is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services. We are award-winning specialists having constructed all forms of railways across Europe and the UK.

Person requirements

We’re looking for bright, enthusiastic and determined people who can work both independently and in a team. For all our Graduate Programmes we are looking for at least a 2:2 from a reputable University, and the ability to stand out, by internships, university successes or extracurricular activities. We are also looking for graduates who share our ethics and behaviours, but who are not afraid to look into ways for us to continuously improve.

Company information

Colas Rail is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services, we are award-winning specialists having constructed all forms of railways across Europe and the UK.

We specialise in:

  • High Speed Lines
  • Light /Metro Lines
  • Freight Operator
  • Track Laying, Renewal and Maintenance
  • Operation and Maintenance of On Track Plant
  • High Voltage and Traction Power
  • Electrification & Signalling
  • Rolling Stock Refurbishment & Maintenance
  • Tramways
  • Multidisciplinary Projects
  • Engineering
  • Control & Communication systems.

We work on some of the continent’s most high-profile projects, including the delivery of major enhancement and maintenance frameworks for Network Rail and are currently working on some incredibly exciting projects like our £400 million project to regenerate Waterloo Station. We are also delivering major schemes overseas in North Africa, Asia and North America.

At Colas Rail we look outwards to our customers, seeing things from their point of view, responding to their suggestions and anticipating their needs, while being committed to delivering on our promise to them, our employees, the people we work with and our stakeholders.

Developing leaders of the future

Developing people is key to our operational success, with 25% of our leaders progressing through our Graduate Schemes. The Trainee & Apprentice programmes we run are equally as important to closing the skills gap facing the industry.

We build our own talent and develop them on fast track Leadership, Technical and Commercial schemes and this in turn results in loyal and passionate employees who deliver brilliantly for our contracts. 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.

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.

Qualification and experience requirements:

For our Commercial Graduate Programme, we are looking for a minimum of a 2:2 degree in any degree background, although a Legal or Quantity Surveying background is beneficial. You will also have a strong desire to pursue development in the railway industry.


  • Health care scheme
  • Aegon pension
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work scheme.


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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £27,000 plus £2,000 sign on bonus + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • London and Birmingham
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Building Services
  • Building Surveying
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Construction Management
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Energy
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Geotechnical
  • Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Nuclear
  • Petroleum
  • Process
  • Product Design
  • Project Management
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Real Estate
  • Robotics
  • Structural
  • Town & Transport Planning
  • Transport

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