Graduate Opportunity

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Graduate Scheme

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Who you are

You’re a logical thinker who’s adept at finding creative solutions to challenging problems. Resourceful and hardworking, you’re comfortable managing your own time to ensure you get the job done. Using your strong interpersonal skills, you’re able to build relationships with colleagues, suppliers and customers. You're flexible and don’t mind traveling to attend training opportunities at various locations to develop your personal skill set.

Network Unlimited

We’re looking for dedicated, enthusiastic graduates to become future leaders - Join us and you'll have enormous scope to progress your career, while helping to influence Britain's rail infrastructure, transport network and economy into the 22nd century.

How long is the scheme?

  • Two years on the programme itself with a further year of monitored support.

Where you’ll be based

Opportunities are available across Britain, at locations including: Stratford, York, Glasgow, London, Basingstoke, Swindon, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Manchester, Leeds, Derby, Doncaster, Cobham, Waterloo, Crewe, Croydon.

What you’ll be doing

Our engineering graduates undertake four six-month rotational placements. The placements you undertake will depend on your own degree discipline, the needs of the business unit and what most interests you. They will however all follow the same pathway.

All our experiential learning placements within our Engineering teams are supported by technical and leadership training which you will attend during the two years attached to the Engineering Graduate programme.

When you start your journey with us we will make sure that you have all the tools you need to be successful in our industry, we will smooth your pathway into the business with a friendly welcoming week designed to help you understand the things we value as an organisation Safety, our passenger and customers’ needs the culture and behaviours we demonstrate.

We also provide initial technical training to make sure you are prepared and supported for the rotations ahead.

Business Familiarisation

Your initial rotation, Business Familiarisation will provide an exciting overview of Engineering in our industry. You will have several short placements with local Engineering teams, allowing you to develop a flavour of what we do a Network Rail and where you see your future career.

As part of Business Familiarisation, you will have the chance to work in short non-engineering placements. This will help you to understand the wider role of Network rail in the rail industry along with showing you interfaces between different engineering disciplines and wider non-engineering functions in Network Rail.

During the Business Familiarisation phase, we will work with you to select one of the following pathways we offer, after this point all your training and placements will be in that discipline area for the remaining 18 months.

You could specialise in the two pathways below:

  • Electrification & Plant (mechanical or electrical engineering graduates only)
  • Signalling (electrical engineering graduates only).

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of a 2:2 in an Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) accredited degree.

What professional qualifications could you gain?

Each placement and training opportunity provides the opportunity to discharge objectives towards either IENG or CENG.
The focus of the scheme is to provide a platform of knowledge to build upon in future positions to enable efficient application at either Chartered Engineer (CENG) or Incorporated (IENG).

Training and development opportunities:

  • 4 technical training modules, this will start with an overview modules giving an insight into our Engineering disciplines and how they relate and moving to discipline specific training concentrating on a specific discipline and increasing in depth of knowledge
  • You will also receive a number of leadership modules developing the softer skills required to start to establish a successful leadership brand
  • Four workplace experiential learning placements. The main objective of this combination is to develop professionally registered engineers at IENG and CENG.
  • In the first 4 weeks of your employment we will help you to register with either the IET, IMechE or ICE, the cost of this can be reclaimed via the Network Rail expenses policy.
  • One of your core objectives each year will be submitting your quarterly reports to the Institutions (IET, IMechE and ICE) in a timely manner, this will be monitored on an individual basis. Successful submission of quarterly and annual reports will usually lead to IENG in 3 to 4 years and CENG IN 5-6 Years
  • In addition we will run 4 modules of Technical Training, the first is a systems approach with an overview of Engineering disciplines at Network Rail, the remainder are discipline specific dependant on the discipline you select.

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

Previous graduates have gone on to achieve internal promotion and become assistant signalling designers, assistant design engineers or assistant project engineers. There are also plenty of opportunities for promotion to senior management positions across the organisation.

Why you should choose this scheme

The scheme is aligned to UK-SPEC objectives and is accredited by the IET. You’ll have access to world-class training and the opportunity to be involved in some of the biggest engineering projects in Britain.

Electrical Systems Engineering pathway

If you choose to apply for the electrical systems engineering scheme, not only will you have the chance to work on the above projects, but you will have the opportunity to specialise specifically in a systems engineering career path and gain accreditation in this pathway accordingly.


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Opportunity Overview

  • January 27th, 2020
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Multiple UK Locations

Disciplines accepted...

  • Electrical
  • Electronic

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