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Network Rail doubles graduate recruitment
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Transport and utilities
British rail company Network Rail has announced that it will create 1,000 new jobs in 2009 and will double graduate jobs as part of a £20 billion overhaul of the business.
One of the largest investors in vocational training, Network Rail employed 3,500 people last year despite worsening economic conditions and will boost graduate jobs from 105 to around 210 this year.
Simon Kirby, director of infrastructure investment for Network Rail, said that graduates could also receive full time postgraduate education: "In addition, Network Rail is committing to its second stream of MSc post-graduates in project management."
He added: "[Those selected] will be taught full-time at two world-class institutions - University College London and the University of Warwick."
Mr Kirby also called for more funding for apprenticeships to stimulate the economy and get people into work.
The Network Rail Thameslink programme aims to spend £5.5 billion to improve capacity and journey options for passengers and will provide a boost for the company's graduate recruitment plans.