Network Rail provides the entire infrastructure and transport network to keep the UK moving. Its systems carry over 3 million passengers every weekday, 500,000 London commuters every week, and 79% of the UK’s coal and coal products. Simply put, Britain could not do business without it.
The company’s future ambition is to continue to meet customer needs whilst providing the best level of service possible. It’s investing £35billion on improving the network, and is currently managing some of the largest engineering projects in Europe.
There’s a wide range of graduate schemes at Network Rail, including: Engineering, Finance, Project Management, and Information Management. After a period of induction, all programmes involve getting to grips with a range of projects and business functions. There’s plenty of formal and informal support available, though graduates are largely put in the driving seat in terms of their own development. Funding is available for professional qualifications.
Depending on your chosen specialism, you could be working in a front-line role or delivering critical behind-the-scenes support.
Starting salary is around £24,000, and there’s a contributory pension scheme. Other benefits include a 60% season ticket discount, and a bonus scheme that rewards high performance.
Network Rail covers 20,000 miles of track, and 40,000 bridges and tunnels.
Benefits of working for Network Rail
£3,000 welcome bonus
28 days’ annual holiday
60% discount on season tickets