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Company Profile - Network Rail


Helping create a railway for the 21st century - will you say: ‘I DID THAT’?

We offer graduate programmes built around you becoming the complete professional. You’ll gain unrivalled experience through varied placements on diverse projects of national importance, personally control the pace of your chosen specialism, and develop your skills within this ever-changing environment.

Who are we?

Network Rail owns and operates Britain’s rail infrastructure, incorporating a vast network of rail, signals, bridges, tunnels, electrified lines and telecommunications. We manage 17 of the largest stations in the country and 2.75 million people travel on our network every day.

Our company was formed in 2002, and we’ve achieved an enormous amount over the recent years. If you want to look back on some of the most groundbreaking, high profile projects and infrastructure and think ‘I did that’, Network Rail could be just the place for you.

There are over 33,000 people in Network Rail. We’re all determined to continue to improve our business, and our graduates have an important part to play in shaping our future. We’re extremely ambitious and constantly evolving, so we’re looking for self-starters who are ready to play their part in the landmark projects we’ve got on the horizon. Projects like the £400m redevelopment of King’s Cross station, and a £3.5bn investment programme to increase train capacity to and through London.

Career Opportunities

Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Programmes

Our engineering programmes offer unparalleled opportunities to be involved in some of the most exciting, high-profile projects around – like the £3.55bn overhaul of Thameslink route or the £400m redevelopment of King’s Cross station. You’ll combine on-the-job training with specialist courses and secondments, leading to Chartered or Incorporated status and a hands-on managerial role.

General Management Programme

With a commercial focus as strong as our engineering vision, we’re keen to develop our next
generation of business leaders. In all cases, you’ll be ready to move into a role packed with genuine decision-making responsibilities after just six weeks’ accelerated induction.

There are three paths to choose from: Operations and Customer Service, Infrastructure Investment or Maintenance. The scheme will allow you to develop your commercial and management skills, helping you fast-track into a management role.


You’ll receive training and support to achieve your CIMA professional qualification.

Commercial Property

You’ll receive training and support to achieve your RICS professional qualification.

Training and Development

Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Programmes

Our structured, accredited Engineering programmes offer a mixture of personal skills training, technical training and work based placements that allow you to get hands-on experience of the railway. Throughout the programme you can expect to have a mentor (a senior engineer), as well as support from the graduate development team. The Engineering programme starts in September with a three-week induction that includes an overview of the organisation and an introduction to the railway. Because we want our engineering graduates to have a broad and holistic overview of all aspects of the business, the programme is made up of placements in the different technical spheres. This is complemented by specialist technical training in either telecoms, signalling, track, or electrification and plant according to individual choice. You will also participate in a series of graduate master classes that will provide you with an introduction to the basic principles of management.

General Management

After an intensive six-week induction programme at our leadership and development centre, Westwood, you will then participate in a nine-month placement with a senior manager in a specific part of the business – Operations and Customer Service, Infrastructure Investment or Maintenance. After your nine-month placement, you will start your first job for a minimum of 12 months before your next career move is agreed.

Finance and Commercial Property

The Finance programme starts with an intensive six-week induction spent at our leadership and development centre, Westwood, followed by five weeks’ foundation training at the financial training college for the Certificate level of your CIMA.

The Commercial Property scheme is a broad-based programme that leads to Chartered status. As well as giving you an unrivalled breadth of experience across all disciplines of commercial property, Network Rail will pay for you to take your RICS exams. On top of that, you’ll receive the
support of a designated manager as a mentor.

What we look for

If you want to build an outstanding career, and you have determination, ambition and a relevant 2:2 degree or equivalent, there’s nothing stopping you.

What we offer

  • Starting salary – £23,000
  • London salary – £25,250
  • Welcome bonus – £3,000
  • 28 days’ annual holiday
  • Company bonus and pension schemes
  • Season ticket loan and 50% discount

How to apply

Please view the links to the right for our current vacancies.

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