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Electrical engineering graduates required by Network Rail

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Despite the fact that the employment market for graduates is marked by an excess of offers and a lack of demand, this is not the case for every sector. Network Rail said it is having difficulties finding enough graduates to fill its scheme.

David Higgins, Network Rail Chief Executive, said its company is struggling to recruit recent university students into their offer of electrical engineering graduate jobs.

Although it was published lately that recent engineers are suffering from the effects of a particularly tough employment environment, all the engineering positions at the Network Rail graduate scheme had received ‘unprecedented levels’ of applicants, except in the case of graduate electrical engineering vacancies.

“We’ve struggled to attract a great number of candidates for our electrical engineering graduate scheme. We understand that other sectors can be attractive but we need to shout louder about the exciting opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for electrical engineers as we develop and improve the network including our plans for electrification,” stressed David Higgins, Network Rail chief executive.

Since the government gave their approval to Network Rail to electrify the Great Western mainline between London, Cardiff and other lines, the rail company has been unable to find the required electrical engineers to fill these positions.

Graduate schemes

Network Rail is currently offering graduate schemes in several different fields including Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Finance, Information Management (IT), Project Management, Operations Management, Contracts & Procurement, Property, Strategic Planning and Industrial Placement - Information Management (IT).

Aside from Network Rail, a further 23% of electrical engineering employers also had problems recruiting graduate engineers, according to a recent report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

If you have studied electrical engineering, you may now want to consider the possibility of searching for a graduate position within one of the biggest organisations in Britain.

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